Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton one of the early favorites for ROTY

Ravens, Kyle Hamilton. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Baltimore Ravens believed that they had landed one of the best players in the entire 2022 NFL Draft when they selected former Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton 14th overall in this year’s draft.

Hamilton was unanimously viewed as the best safety in his class and one of the best safety prospects to enter the NFL in years. The hope is that he could help transform the Ravens defense and provide the team with an instant-impact starter from day one.

The oddsmakers appear to believe that to be the case as well.

According to WynnBet, Hamilton currently has the fourth-highest odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year this season with his odds listed at +800. Evidently, Vegas believes Hamilton could be set for a huge rookie year.

Kyle Hamilton could make a serious impact for the Ravens in 2022

A former four-star recruit, Hamilton started two years at Notre Dame, earning first-team All-American honors in each of those two seasons. He was a do-it-all playmaker at Notre Dame and someone who quickly established himself as one of the best defensive players in the country.

The Ravens are hoping for more of the same from Hamilton in 2022.

Hamilton didn’t exactly fill a need when the Ravens drafted him. After signing Marcus Williams in free agency, Baltimore already boasted an excellent safety duo with Williams and Chuck Clark.

However, Hamilton’s talent was too great for the team to pass up.

At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Hamilton combined excellent size with absurd sideline-to-sideline speed and a high football IQ. He’s as close to a perfect safety prospect as they come.

It might be tough for Hamilton to beat up players like Aidan Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors given the position he plays, but it says something that he’s considered one of the early favorites.

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The Ravens have had two players win Defensive Rookie of the Year in their history, Peter Boulware in 1997 and, of course, Terrell Suggs in 2003. Hamilton is looking to add his name to that prestigious list.