This weekend, Missouri defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton will get a chance to shine under one of the brightest spotlights of the Draft Season as he will perform in front of coaches, scouts and GM’s at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“I’m getting anxious and I just can’t wait to go out there and showcase my talent,” said Hamilton. “I think I am going to perform really well in the drills. I’m going into it confident because I know I can move well at 320 pounds so I know I’ll be good.”
Hamilton has set a few goals for his all-important time in Indy.
“My set goal is just my speed. I want to move well at 320,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of guys lighter than me at like 300, 295 or 290. I’m trying to have better numbers at 320. So if I am moving at that speed at 6-foot-5 and a half, plus my strength is incredible, it will help out. I want to run a good 40, that’s something I’ve been working on. And I’m hoping to get 30 or above in the bench press.”
Hamilton turned heads at the East West Shrine Game in January and is hoping to take it a step farther when he arrives in Indianapolis on Friday.
He will then embark on four days of interviews, medical testing, positional work and combine events.
No matter how well Hamilton does in all those categories, his work will not be finished.
“I know after the combine I still won’t have that sense of relief,” he said. “I am a person that is never satisfied. I’ll be satisfied once I’m in the NFL and I’ve made the team and I’m starting. And then when I start, it will be something else. I’ll want to break the tackle record and then I’ll want to break the sack record. There’s always something.”
This weekend, the interviews will be a major part of the process as NFL teams will get plenty of one-on-one time with the NFL hopefuls.
“I feel like I’m a good enough talker so I feel like I’ll be all right when it comes to the interviews. I know my stuff,” Hamilton stated.
There will also be the chore of taking the infamous Wonderlic test.
“I actually did good on the practice Wonderlic,” said Hamilton. “I’ve taken two already. I took one at the University of Missouri when I was a senior and then I took one at the East West Shrine Game.”
Now that the Combine is quickly closing in on Hamilton, he explained what it is like to be only a few days away from that much-anticipated time.
“It’s almost surreal that I’m going to the combine. Kids dream about this since they were in middle school watching it on TV. I remember back when I was watching it like my freshman year in high school. I was watching guys throw up 225 pounds like 28 times and I could only do it like 14. I remember saying that back in high school and look where I’m at now. Going to the combine is almost surreal because a lot of guys want this and I know a lot of guys would kill to be in this position.”