Summer Scouting: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

There aren’t many players who can draw comparisons to Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers, but Kyle Hamilton is one of those guys. In his sophomore season, Hamilton flashed his versatility and ability to play all over the back half of the field for the Fighting Irish; whether it be the deep safety position or in the nickel covering the slot, Hamilton was able to find success in any role Notre Dame put him in. Standing 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, you’d think he was built in a lab, especially with the athleticism he possesses. Again, not many players can draw the Derwin James comparison, but Hamilton has the skillset to bring a similar impact to the NFL that James does.

Pros:

  • Takes read-step, attacks downhill v. the run.
  • Frame
  • Plays w/ a good bend in his lower half, solid balance.
  • Smooth transitions, click-n-close looks easy.
  • Athlete, phenomenal range as a deep safety.
  • Vision as a depth defender.
  • Makes several plays at/around the LOS from deep.
  • Trustworthy tackler.
  • Not afraid to lay the wood.
  • Motor is always running.
  • Purpose behind everything he does.
  • Backpedal.
  • Versatile, true chess piece who can play all over.

Cons:

  • Has a tendency to approach his tackles high, around the ball carriers shoulders.
  • Can be indecisive at times.
  • Overestimates his athletic ability and can cut his tackle angles short.

2021 Season Statistics:

51 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 63 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, and 4 pass deflections

Preliminary Grade:

8.38 – Top-10 Grade

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