Davon Hamilton, DT
2020 expectation: Rotational nose-tackle, could see starts
With the recent news that 2020 free-agent addition, Al Woods, will be opting out of the season, the presumed role of 2020 third-round pick, Davon Hamilton, has changed a little bit.
Woods was expected to be the starter at the nose in Jacksonville so his decision leaves a big impact on what we should expect on the interior of the defensive line.
Now, the only players on the roster that fit that need are veteran Abry Jones, 2019 seventh-rounder Dontavious Russell, and the before mentioned Davon Hamilton. I think it is likely the Jags bring in another vet to add to the mix before the season starts, but even if they do, I expect Hamilton to benefit greatly from the loss of Woods.
While it took a while for the former Buckeye to finally come into his own at Ohio State, he showed a lot of promise as a potential two-gap player at the next level. Hamilton takes up a lot of space on the interior and has shown consistent ability to get upfield and disrupt in both the run and passing game.
I expect Hamilton to see a lot of early action on pass-rushing downs this season and I think it’s reasonable to assume he will get opportunities to start some ball games as well.