That's three down now, with only seven to go. According to the Bengals' official Twitter page, sixth-round wide receiver Cobi Hamilton has officially signed with the team.
We announce the signing of 6th round draft pick, WR Cobi Hamilton.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 11, 2013
The Bengals are currently in the middle of their weekend rookie minicamp, but that didn't prevent Mike Brown and co. from taking care of a little business. Hamilton now joins offensive tackle Reid Fragel and center T.J. Johnson as the only rookie draft picks under contract thus far. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy puts the deal at a base salary of $405,000 for 2013, with a $23,513 bonus. Altogether, Hamilton's deal is projected to be a four-year deal worth $2,254,052.
Hamilton has a cap number of $428,513 this season ($405,000 base, $23,513 bonus). Cash spent for '13 including full sign bonus is $499,052— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) May 11, 2013
Hamilton has already turned some heads during the rookie minicamp and figures to have a real shot at making the 53-man roster come September.
Though many prospects follow their father’s footsteps by excelling in athletics at their alma maters, Cobi’s mother, Deborah, was the trailblazing athlete in the Hamilton household. She and Joy Dillard were among the first African-American female student-athletes on campus when they suited up for the inaugural Arkansas varsity women’s basketball team in the 1976-77 season.
But the long, lean Hamilton started making his own name as part of a Razorback passing offense ranking 10th in the nation in 2009. His best game came in the team’s win over Ole Miss, as his three catches covered more than one-third of his season receiving yardage (131 of 347) and he scored two of his three touchdowns of the year. He became a more regular contributor as a sophomore, especially after Greg Childs went out due to injury; he averaged nearly 20 yards a catch (32-630, 19.7 per) and scored six times -– twice in the team’s upset win over LSU on plays of 80 and 85 yards. Hamilton’s numbers dropped off a bit in his junior season (34-542, 4 TD) as the team spread the wealth among a slew of receivers. Hamilton’s speed and strength breaking tackles led his breakout year as a senior, recording 90 catches for 1335 yards (14.8 YPC) and five touchdowns as one of the few targets that quarterback Tyler Wilson trusted. His production earned him first-team All-Conference honors as well as third-team All-American honors. Hamilton also ran track for the Razorbacks for the 2010 season, running a personal-best time of 21.09 in the 200-meter dash at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet.