Notre Dame's Kyle Hamilton lands in top 5 of latest Todd McShay big board
Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton continues to generate buzz ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Despite missing a chunk of time this season due to injury, Hamilton is remaining near the top of mock drafts and big boards for the upcoming cycle. Hamilton landed at No. 5 overall on Todd McShay’s most recent edition.
Here’s an excerpt from McShay’s analysis:
Hamilton is a nightmare matchup for offenses. He has great size and closing burst while playing all over the defense. You’ll see him line up deep in coverage, over the slot and even at linebacker. Hamilton can blanket tight ends, and with solid ball skills and an ability to read the QB, he will make plays.
Hamilton entered the season with expectations of being a top pick in the 2022 draft. He lived up to that standard before suffering an injury after seven games. He hasn’t played since October due to the injury, and his status for the Fiesta Bowl is unclear.
Marcus Freeman said earlier this week that a decision on his bowl game status has not yet been made.
Marcus Freeman says Kyle Hamilton's health is the most important thing in any decision made on whether or not to play in the Fiesta Bowl. A decision has not been made.
— Tyler Horka (@tbhorka) December 6, 2021
Hamilton was one of the most-feared safeties in the country during his time with Notre Dame. If his career is over, it ends with 8 interceptions, 16 pass deflections, 138 total tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss across three seasons.
If Hamilton performs well during the pre-draft process, he’s likely to be a top five pick in the draft.
Notre Dame faces Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.