The Denver Broncos selected Penn State all-time leading receiver DaeSean Hamilton with the 113th pick in the draft.
The 23-year-old, who was born in Okinawa, Japan while his father was serving in the US Marine Corps, capped off his senior year with the Nittany Lions by equalling their Bowl record with 110 yards receiving, originally set by former Broncos receiver/returner Jordan Norwood in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
Hamilton had five receptions in the Bowl game in a 35-28 win over the Washington Huskies, including a 48-yard catch and run for the first score and the eventual game-winning score on a 24-yarder in the third quarter.
All five of Hamilton’s receptions went for a first down or touchdown, with four of them covering 10-plus yards.
While not the most athletic receiver in the 2018 class, Hamilton is an accomplished route-runner, and his 6-1, 200-pound frame will be a big target for Case Keenum from the slot position, something the Broncos have lacked since the departure of Wes Welker in 2014.
During his career at Penn State, Hamilton caught 82 passes for 889 yards and two touchdowns in his freshman year, followed that up with 580 yards and six touchdowns off 45 catches in 2015, before a disappointing 2016 saw him put up just 506 yards and one touchdown off 34 catches.
His senior year saw a return to form, with 53 passes going for 857 yards and nine touchdowns that led to invites to the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, where he played on the North team coached by Vance Joseph and the other Broncos coaches.
Hamilton will join a busy wide receiver room in Denver that now includes Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Taylor, Carlos Henderson, Isaiah McKenzie, Courtland Sutton, and a further quartet of reserve/future hopefuls led by Kenny Bell and Jordan Leslie all vying for places on the roster or practice squad.
Next up for the Broncos in the 2018 NFL draft will be two picks in the fifth round, unless they trade back to acquire capital for the last two rounds where they currently have no picks.