1. Kyle Hamilton, S/LB, Notre Dame
In a year where no safeties were picked in the first round, 2022 looks to flip the script thanks to a two-headed monster right at the top in Hamilton and Alabama’s Jordan Battle. While Battle might be a more traditional safety, Hamilton offers a genuinely jaw-dropping blend of skills that Indy could latch onto.
Hamilton plays safety, but he is listed at 6-4 and nearly 220 pounds, making him a viable linebacker prospect if he adds weight. With aggression, speed, and the ability to diagnose what he is seeing between the ears and react accordingly, Hamilton has everything that one could want in a safety prospect, and he could be Indy’s Malik Hooker replacement.
How would Kyle Hamilton help the Colts?
Hamilton would be an instant starter right away at safety, and he would give the Colts arguably the best combination of young linebackers in the league between himself, Darius Leonard, and Bobby Okereke if he made the switch. Good luck getting to the sideline on that lethal combination of talent.
In an age where hybrid defenders are all the rage and teams are deploying five and six defensive backs more frequently than ever before, Hamilton could serve as an archetypal Swiss Army knife that will start on Day 1. If your defensive coordinator can’t find ways to use him correctly, fire them. This kid is a stud.