Round 1, 11th Overall: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
This scenario would be perfect for the Washington Commanders, and it’s a realistic one on top of it. Because of his 4.59 40-yard dash at the combine and a reportedly worse time at his pro day, Kyle Hamilton, who already wouldn’t be valued as highly, is seeing his stock drop a bit.
We’ve reached a bit of “overthink season” in the draft process. While Hamilton might not receive the “generational” tab, he’s still firmly in the discussion to be the best player in the class. His processing speed is lightning quick, and while his speed isn’t top tier, he has enough range on the back end.
His closing speed is impressive working downhill into the alley, and he’s a phenomenal wrap-up tackler. He can make plays in the backfield, and has the length to disrupt passing lanes. The versatility to move around, whether it be to play in the box, two-high, or cover in the slot, is important in the NFL today and gives a defense the ability to have a matchup guy to erase a tight end or versatile receiving option.
Kyle Hamilton would give the Washington Commanders an impact player at the third level, and the defense can get back to wreaking havoc.