NFL scouts were out in droves at USC’s pro day to see stand outs WR Juju Smith-Schuster and CB Adoree Jackson but they may have taken notice of two NFL prospects that were somewhat overshadowed by the two standouts during the 2016 season. WR Darreus Rogers and De’Quan Hampton had great performances at their pro day and may have made their case to move up in the draft.
The 6’1, 218 pound WR had an outstanding 2016 season, finishing second on the team with 56 receptions on 82 targets for 696 yards (12.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns. He needs to develop more in his route running, but with the right coaching, could be a productive offensive contributor. He often caught contested catches on third downs as a Trojan, thanks to his remarkable hands and hand-eye coordination. He ran a slow 40 yard dash (4.90) at his pro day after not running at the combine but improved all of his other measurables.
His highlight reel is a good example of his catching ability:
Hampton stands at 6’3, 223 lbs. He was not invited to the combine after a quiet 2016 but came out strong at his pro day, having something to prove to scouts. In 2016, he recorded 15 receptions for 165 yards after a 2015 season with seven catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Hampton’s pro day results were strong and he caught nearly everything thrown his way.
- Bench: 21 reps
- Vertical: 41.5 inches
- Long jump: 11 feet
- 40 yard dash: 4.66
Hampton's 41.5 inch vertical would have ranked 4th at the NFL combine (2nd among receivers), his 11 foot broad jump would have ranked 11th (6th among receivers), his 21 bench reps would have placed him 2nd among receivers.
Both of these receivers could bring value as a late round pick, and have potential to progress into contributors at the next level.