Notre Dame security Kyle Hamilton is arguably the most talented player in college football. Due to injury, his final season at South Bend was cut short. However, that didn’t stop any of the NFL’s analysts, scouts and teams from drooling over his potential at the top level.
CBS Sports Ryan Wilson recently released his final 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Hamilton, arguably the best defensive player in college football, fell outside the Top 5.
With the 6th selection overall, Wilson lands Hamilton with the Carolina Panthers. He is the No. 1 selected safety and No. 3 overall talent for CBS Sports in the draft.
“Sean Chandler and Justin Burris were in the field for 537 snaps combined last season and both are out of contract,” Wilson wrote. “Former second round Jeremy Chinn was a positive in the secondary but he plays closer to the line of scrimmage. While the two biggest needs are offensive line and quarterback, the top three tackles are already off the board and there’s no QB to take here (and maybe Carolina gets their QB via free agency or business). Instead, the team reinforces the safety position with one of the best players in the class, Kyle Hamilton.”
Other notable names in the first round include the Jacksonville Jaguars’ No. 1 overall selection, offensive tackle Ikem EkwonuNotre Dame defensive lineman’s brother Osita EkwonuMichigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson at No. 2 overall at Detroit, Cincinnati cornerback Ahmed Gardner at No. 7 New York Giants and USC wide receiver Drake London at No. 10 at the New York Jets.
hamilton finished his senior year with 34 total tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 pass breakups on the year. Due to injury, he was only able to play the first 7 games of the season before being injured in the 31-16 win over USC. His 2 steal performance in week one against Florida State is what has so many scouts on him and a big reason he should be a Top 5 selection in the NFL Draft.
“If not a top-5 pick in the NFL Draft, then definitely a top-10 pick,” Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister wrote recently. “His final season in a Notre Dame uniform was limited to six games and part of a seventh due to a knee injury, but that won’t stop the NFL from coveting the 6-foot-4, 220-pound -Touch range with the ability to impact the game at any level of the pitch Great length with physicality and ball skills Forces opposing offenses to plan around him Has the makings of an all-professional safety modeled after future NFL Hall-of-Famer and 2012 Irish first-rounder Harrison Smith. Will be Notre Dame’s last first-round pick since defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (Los Angeles Chargers, 2019).