On a day in which the Baltimore Ravens defense clearly beat the offense in the practices and activities held at Owings Mills, second-year safety Kyle Hamilton put on a solid performance worth all the flowers he received.
Even before the Ravens hit the field for the second day of training camp, some outlets were already praising the sophomore's skill sets and defensive chops, as well as his versatility and quick adaptation to the pro game.
Here is what has been said about Kyle Hamilton during the past few hours, including comments from analysts, his teammates, and coaches before and after Day 2 of the Ravens' training camp on Thursday.
3. Kyle Hamilton, 2nd-best safety in the NFL
Matt Lombardo of Heavy was already giving Hamilton kudos on a piece in which he named the top-5 players at the safety position entering the 2023 season.
According to the analyst, Hamilton only trails Pittsburgh Steelers' safety Minkah Fitzpatrick as the most talented player at the position--and that is without taking Hamilton's versatility into consideration, something that could give him the edge over the Steelers' defensive back in one or two years at most.
"Few defensive rookies made the impact on their teams that Kyle Hamilton did for the Baltimore Ravens last season, playing his way onto the PFWA All-Rookie team, while showing flashes of potential yet to be reached.- Matt Lombardo, Heavy
Hamilton burst onto the scene and up the rankings of the top safeties in the NFL, after being chosen No. 14 overall, and logging 62 total tackles with a pair of sacks, four tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.
Boasting a balanced skill set, outstanding instincts in coverage, and playing in a system that should allow him to flourish, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Hamilton wind up the Ravens’ best all-around defensive player in 2023 and one of the top players at his position."
As Lombardo wrote, "few defensive rookies made [Hamilton's] impact," which is rather impressive from someone coming straight out of college and playing among men in such a way as Hamilton showcased.
There is no question that Hamilton's floor is already sky-high, so even the minimum of improvements to his skill set and production could elevate him to the highest echelon even that's possible.