Kyle Hamilton is arguably the best safety prospect that we’ve seen for quite some time. He’s very versatile, proven by his 2020 to 2021 transformation. In 2020, Hamilton spent more time as more of a ROVER defender, playing closer to the line of scrimmage and was very effective. In 2021, he switched to more deep coverage and traditional free safety.
S – #14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
High School: Marist (Atlanta, GA)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9700)
Phil Steele: PS#49
Kyle Hamilton Scouting Report
Good speed. Very rangy athlete. Doesn’t look like he’s moving very fast because of his long strides, but I think he will run in the 4.5 range. Excellent lateral quickness. Excellent body control to work the sideline and makes sure he gets two feet down when attempting to make a big interception. Might lack some upper body strength. Not particularly nasty.
Change of direction is good, but not great. If he gets sucked away by quarterbacks eyes, he won’t normally make up for it by getting back into the play. Strong tackler with a firm wrap-up ability. Doesn’t control the tackle as well as you’d like to see, especially in the red zone. Does get a firm grip and doesn’t often allow the ball carrier to get away. Normally good, but can slightly over-pursue while working downhill. Doesn’t show great ability to work through traffic or blocks. Tends to lean on being a little bit too aggressive and will under pursue a big play.
Plays good deep zone coverage for the most part. Tends to be too aggressive and an experienced quarterback can move him with eye movement. However, is a ball hawk on the back end. Has the athleticism to stay with the receiver. Plays a bait-trail technique oftentimes so that he can work back into the play. Struggles to turn around and locate the football. Excellent space defender. Shows phenomenal instincts, moving into position on so many plays with subtle set ups. Reads concepts very well and moves into position to disrupt the play on the back end. Very solid play recognition.
What we want to see from Kyle Hamilton in Indianapolis
- We want to see Kyle Hamilton fill in his card and meet expectations. His athleticism is undeniable. His numbers should be solid. As long as he performs well in interviews and does what is expected of him, Hamilton should solidify his status as a top five pick.
Kyle Hamilton looks capable of playing in any safety-style role in the secondary. Rangy, athletic, and long, his prototype body build will be a perfect fit in an NFL defense. He’s a day one starter and potentially a perennial pro-bowler.
We like Hamilton as a top 5 prospect and shouldn’t slip outside of the first five picks. Unless he completely bombs his combine performance, he should be a highly coveted prospect.