With the 177th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Saints selected defensive back Saquan Hampton from Rutgers University.
Check out the full biography on Saquan Hampton:
COLLEGE CAREER – An extremely-productive, four-year letterman at Rutgers who became a contributor as a freshman and started his final three seasons for the Scarlet Knights. Departed with career totals of 177 tackles (120 solo), seven stops behind the line of scrimmage, five interceptions, 24 pass defenses and one fumble recovery.
2018 – Started all 12 games at free safety…Named honorable mention All Big Ten by the coaches and media…Earned Homer Hazel Award as the team’s most valuable player…Tied for the Big Ten lead and ranked 12th nationally with 1.3 passes defended per game…Led the Scarlet Knights with 13 passes defensed and three interceptions…Totaled 65 tackles with three for a loss…Had a team‐high 36 tackles in pass coverage…Also recovered a fumble…Picked up three solo tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in final collegiate game at Michigan State (11/24)…Recorded six tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery on Senior Day against No. 16 Penn State (11/17)…Matched career-high and led the game with 11 tackles versus No. 4 Michigan (11/10), adding one pass deflected in coverage…Defended four passes with two interceptions and two pass breakups at Wisconsin (11/3), adding 10 tackles with one for a loss…Posted five tackles with one for a loss and broke up two passes against Northwestern (10/20)…Knocked away a pass and recorded four tackles versus Illinois (10/6)…Added five stops against Indiana (9/29) …Broke up four passes versus Buffalo (9/22) …Had six tackles at Kansas (9/15)…Recorded seven solo stops at No. 4 Ohio State (9/8)…Started the season opener against Texas State (9/1) and recorded a tackle …Voted a team captain.
2017 – Played in eight games with seven starts at free safety…Totaled 38 tackles and three pass breakups on the season…Recorded nine tackles versus No. 16 Michigan State (11/25)…Added five stops at Indiana (11/18)…Returned to action at No. 14 Penn State (11/11) and made one tackle…Broke up a pass and made a tackle on the first defensive series versus No. 11 Ohio State (9/30) …Totaled 10 stops in the Big Ten opener at Nebraska (9/23)…Collected eight tackles versus Eastern Michigan (9/9), adding one punt return for four yards…Started the season opener against No. 8 Washington (9/1) at free safety and totaled four tackles and two pass breakups.
2016 – Started seven games at free safety…Totaled 46 tackles with three for loss and one interception…Picked up eight stops in finale at Maryland (11/26)…Made game‐high 11 tackles and knocked away a pass against No. 9 Penn State (11/19)…Intercepted a pass with a 30‐yard return and collected six tackles with one for a loss versus Indiana (11/5)…Picked up eight tackles at Minnesota (10/22)…Missed five games due to injury…Started the opener at No. 14 Washington (9/3) and made two tackles with one for loss.
2015 – Played in 12 games with one start at safety…Also a contributor on special teams…Totaled 28 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups for the season…Tied for the team lead with nine stops in first career start against Maryland (11/28)…Broke up one pass and made two tackles in the victory at Army (11/21)…Recorded his first career interception vs. Nebraska (11/14)…Made six tackles at No. 16 Michigan (11/7)…Had three stops at Wisconsin (10/31)…Recorded a tackle on kickoff coverage at Penn State (9/19)…Logged a solo tackle versus Washington State (9/12)…Made collegiate debut in the win over Norfolk State (9/5) and tied team lead with four tackles…Earned the Douglas A. Smith Award, which is given to the most improved defensive player during spring practice.
2014 – Did not see game action…Redshirted.
PERSONAL – Played football at Nottingham (Hamilton, N.J.)…Totaled 17 tackles, four interceptions, averaged more than 38 yards per kickoff return and averaged 13 yards per punt return as a senior…Scored a touchdown off a punt return, kick return and interception…Additionally recorded 12 carries for 160 yards and a score and five receptions for 73 yards on offense…Team reached Central Jersey, Group IV semifinals…Named First Team All‐Group IV, first-team All‐South Jersey and first-team All‐Colonial Valley Conference…Earned Frank “Mammy” Piscopo Memorial Award, given to the area’s Player of the Year by the 12th Man Touchdown Club Dinner…Helped team win Central Jersey Group III championship as a junior, going 11‐1…A consensus three‐star recruit…Rated as the 23rd‐best prospect by Rivals…Played multiple positions in high school in addition to special teams…Attended Rutgers football camp…Labor and employment relations major.
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).
Enjoy the moment Rutgers fans, NFL mini camps begin May 3.
Look for more updates on Rutgers players signing contracts to continue their football careers over the next few days.