The 2022 NFL Draft is coming up and the Atlanta Falcons have been linked with a number of players in different positions for their 8th overall pick, and Notre Dame safe Kyle Hamilton is one of them.
ESPN’s Jordan Reid has released his latest test draft, which includes all seven rounds, and is one of the draft analysts who believes Hamilton is Atlanta’s best bet with their first pick. :
“The Falcons need talent in almost every position on the board,” Reid writes. “Instead, General Manager Terry Fontenot can focus on bringing out the best prospects available. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hamilton brings a great skill set to the defender’s defence. He could be someone who acts as the tone-setter for Atlanta. “
Reid isn’t wrong about the Falcons needing talent in almost every position, so why not draft the best available players –– that’s what Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith planned to do.
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Atlanta’s NFL draft plan remains the same
Despite some holes to fill this past season, Fontenot and Smith went through their first draft experience as GMs and head coach plans to pick the best player available. in 4th place overall.
“In the draft, you will choose the best player,” Fontenot said via AtlantaFalcons.com ahead of the 2021 draft. “You can’t be scared to move on. [to add] in every position. There isn’t a position where you’ll say, ‘Oh, we’re good there, we’re not going to draft there this year.’ That’s just what I believe. … We will never be afraid to use a player in any position and build strength. ”
He explained that he first learned this approach from Ozzie Newsome –– also known as one of the most elite general managers in NFL history.
“You never want to hit a need,” says Fontenot. “I think it’s interesting to hear Ozzie Newsome tell stories about where there are certain players in the table, in certain regions, and they picked the best player available, and in the end he He accepts players in the Hall of Fame instead of gaining demand. ”
Atlanta will continue to draft Florida’s tight finish, Kyle Pitts.
According to Team reporter Tori McElhaney.
Hamilton may not be in 8th place
The Falcons don’t have the conditions to pick a player in the top five this year, meaning Hamilton, who has been rated as the number one best player in the draft, may not be left on the table in that position. 8th .
Here’s who will pick first the Falcons:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
2. Detroit Lions
3. Texans in Houston
4. New York Jets
5. Giants of New York
Carolina’s 6 leopards
7. The New York Giant
All in all, a safety has never been picked for the first time in NFL Draft history, so you can cancel the Jaguars who are predicted to win the best defensive finish. The Detroit Lions’ top team is still in the quarterback position. The Houston Texans can go to almost any player with as endless squad needs as Atlanta but they are likely to start in the trenches.
Next up are the New York Jets.
The Jets are the team that, in addition to the Falcons, have repeatedly tagged Hamilton. In fact, the last time it safely broke into the top 10 was when the Jets drafted Jamal Adams in 2017 in 6th place overall.
Not to mention that second-year Jets head coach Robert Saleh doesn’t rule out drafting a safety-first solution this year, especially one that’s worthwhile.
“You never want to say no to any group of positions,” Saleh said on a Zoom call with reporters in March. “Obviously, there are premium positions when you look at midfield and midfield, corners and O-lines. Those are easy people to test, but you can never say no to a unicorn and someone who is horribly talented and is clearly the best possible player you can put at the moment. there. You never want to be stubborn in your thought process. To answer your question about the guarantee of safety, if he deserves it, it will certainly be a discussion. ”
And there’s no denying that Hamilton is a “unicorn” safety worth embracing.
During his three seasons at Notre Dame, Hamilton made 39 touchdowns on 82 goals for 388 yards. He scored 149 yards after catching the ball, scored a touchdown, had eight interceptions and 14 clearances.
That being said, if there’s one team the Falcons need to worry about getting past Hamilton before them, it’s the God d*mn Jets.
https://heavy.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/espn-mock-draft-kyle-hamilton/ ESPN Falcons Land Project ‘Has Best Prospects’ at No. 8 Overall