A new Hampton is coming to Cincinnati.
The 5-foot-9, 197-pound Hampton finished fourth on the Gamecocks with 51 tackles, including a team-high 43 solo stops. He was tied for second on the team with three interceptions and led USC with nine pass breakups.
Hampton showed flashes for a Day 3 draft pick this year, but his troubled background led to him going undrafted. He was kicked off three high school teams, and was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following a dispute with his sister in April.
To top it all off, he was questioned in connection with a New York nightclub fight prior to the NFL Draft, but was cleared of any wrongdoing in that case. Hampton was also benched two games in 2013 for violation of team rules, but he did get to play in those contests. He didn't help himself at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he posted a 4.69 40-time.
All of this led to Hampton going undrafted, and to this point, hasn't drawn anything more than a workout with NFL teams. He worked out with the Giants on Monday.
Don't look at this as the Bengals going back to their 'bad boy' ways though. Hampton is a rookie undrafted free agent. If there's even a sniff of trouble from him, he's cut with no repercussions. He started 22 games in his final two seasons at USC and had 91 tackles, 13 pass breakups and four interceptions.
Hampton was told by the NFL's underclassman advisory committee that he would be drafted in the second or third round of the draft, and ESPN analyst Todd McShay graded Hampton "a fourth- or fifth-round" pick.
If he manages to keep his head on straight and work his tail off training camp, he would beat out Lavelle Westbrooks and Chris Lewis-Harris for the sixth cornerback spot on the 53-man roster.