Notre Dame Football: Where would Kyle Hamilton be drafted in 2021?

Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Notre Dame Football program has a probable 2022 first-round pick in Kyle Hamilton, but where would he be drafted if he was eligible this year?

The Notre Dame football program has one of the elite defensive backs in the country in Kyle Hamilton, and after losing so much talent to graduation, and the NFL Draft, this Irish defense certainly needs him. Hamilton proved to be an All-American talent this past season, and entering his likely final year in South Bend, he will be tasked with leading this Irish defense.

This year, the Irish could have as many as two players drafted in the first round, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, and offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg. While Eichenberg is likely a late-first-round pick, JOK could go as high as No. 11 to the New York Giants, but has been up and down boards in recent mocks.

Which begs the question, if Kyle Hamilton was eligible for this year’s NFL Draft, where would he be selected?

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Looking at the safety talent in this year’s draft pool, it is safe to say that Kyle Hamilton would be the first one off the board. Looking around at some of the latest mock drafts, many do not even have a safety being selected, though some list TCU’s Trevon Moehrig or UCF’s Richie Grant.

However, both those players could end up being Day 2 picks, but when it comes to Hamilton, he has the skill set that a team like the Las Vegas Raiders could no pass up at No. 17 overall. In fact, if he was eligible this year, I believe Hamilton would be a top-15 pick, and the Silver and Black would have to trade up to get him.

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Of course, the Irish are lucky to have No. 14 patrolling their secondary once again this upcoming season, and new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman is going to enjoy putting him in a position to succeed once again. Hamilton is going to be a monster at the next level, and as we all know, the secondary is becoming a focal point in today’s pass-heavy NFL.