Notre Dame football: Kyle Hamilton named a top-10 player in 2021 by PFF

Kyle Hamilton (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Kyle Hamilton (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Notre Dame football program has an elite talent at safety in Kyle Hamilton, who was recently named a top-10 player by PFF.

The 2021 college football season is inching ever so close, and soon, the Notre Dame football program will begin its summer program to get ready for what should be an exciting campaign. Sure, the Irish lost a ton of talent to the NFL this offseason, but they still have a very deep roster, one that includes All-American talent on both sides of the ball.

For the Irish to do anything of significance this season, they will need to answer a lot of questions about the offense, as well as lean on what should be an elite defense. Notre Dame football has veteran talent on all three levels, including one of the best players in the country in their secondary.

Notre Dame football star ranked No. 9 overall by PFF

Recently, Pro Football Focus released their list of the top-50 players in college football heading into the 2021 college football season. While Ohio State and Alabama saw four players each named to the list, including Buckeyes star Chris Olave at No. 10, they did not have a player ranked higher than Kyle Hamilton.

The star safety for the Irish is likely slated to be a top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and his skill set has not been lost on the national media. Whenever there are rankings, whether it be the best defensive backs, draft prospects, or even defensive players, Hamilton’s name always shows up.

In the ranking, PFF had Hamilton as the No. 9 overall player in the country, an incredible honor by any means. He was the fifth defensive back listed behind four cornerbacks but was the first safety listed, and the second non-cornerback in the top-10.

When it comes to the Irish, there are few more important players on this roster than Hamilton heading into 2021.

The Irish actually had three players named to the list, as newcomer Cain Madden came in at No. 27, and Jarrett Patterson barely made it at No. 49. Having three of the best 50 players in the country according to Pro Football Focus is no small feat, and the hope is that the Irish can parlay all this talent into another spot in the College Football Playoff.