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Knights in the NFL: Saquan Hampton drafted by Saints

6th round, 177th overall selection brings him to New Orleans.

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Hampton’s best game came against the Badgers as a senior.
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On the final day of the 2019 NFL draft, former Rutgers safety Saquan Hampton was selected by the New Orleans Saints with the 177th overall pick. He was the first RU player selected this year after two were chosen last year (Kemoko Turay and Sebastian Joseph).

Saquan arrived on the banks as a three-star safety out of Hamilton North. He started parts of four seasons, but didn’t realize his full potential until his 5th year as a redshirt senior in 2018. He was a one man wrecking crew late in the season after something must have clicked, or perhaps he was finally healthy for the first time.

The potential the coaches saw in him peaked at the right time. Hampton (6’1, 206 lb.) improved his stock at the NFL combine with a 4.48 40 time and other solid numbers. At Rutgers Pro Day he performed a 36.5” vertical (would have been 6th at the combine among safeties), 6.98 3 cone (would have been 6th), 4.28 20 yard shuttle, and 11.47 60 yard shuttle (would have been 4th).

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