Notre Dame football: Kyle Hamilton falls in latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Kyle Hamilton(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kyle Hamilton(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Kyle Hamilton may not have set the world on fire at the NFL Combine, but there is no reason the Notre Dame football star should be falling in mock drafts.

During his time with the Notre Dame football team, Kyle Hamilton established himself as one of the best defensive players in the entire country. With a rare blend of size and speed, Hamilton was able to cover a lot of ground in the Notre Dame secondary and would go on to help the team to numerous wins.

However, he had some injury issues last season and missed every game after the USC tilt, so going into the 2022 NFL Combine, scouts wanted to see a healthy Kyle Hamilton. He did his thing on the field, and in most of the drills, but his 40-yard dash time left a lot to be desired, just as it did with star running back Kyren Williams.

Still, Hamilton is no doubt a top-5 pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, though after the Combine, he fell in some recent mocks, including Ian Cummings’s piece for Pro Football Network.

Notre Dame football star nearly falls outside of top-10

In his latest mock draft, Cummings had the Notre Dame football star nearly falling outside of the top-10, landing at No. 10 overall to the New York Jets. The Jets definitely have had a desperate need for safety help since trading away Jamal Adams, so it is not like this would be a bad landing spot for him.

New York holds two first-round picks in the top-10 selections, and Hamilton is definitely someone who has to be on their big board. Their head coach, Robert Saleh, is a defensive-minded coach who could do a lot with Hamilton’s skill set, but still, he is more suited for the Jets No. 4 pick, not all the way at No. 10 overall.

Of course, mock drafts do not mean much, as we saw Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah go in the top-10 heading into the actual 2021 NFL Draft, only to fall to the second round. For Hamilton, he could still run a 40 during his Pro Day, but based on his career, and what he put on tape, him escaping the top-5 picks would be shocking come April.