In the Week 10 AFC North divisional matchup between the Ravens (7-3) and the Browns (6-3), the latter came back home with a dub under their wings beating Baltimore on their own turf with a walk-off field goal as scored as the time expired.
The catalyst for the Ravens' promising start to the game, getting up 14-0 in a hurry and 7-0 just seconds into Sunday's game, was second-year safety Kyle Hamilton. The sophomore intercepted Browns QB Deshaun Watson right at the start of the game, batting his pass and then carrying it into the end zone.
Acknowledging Hamilton's ridiculous play, Cleveland Browns coach Kevin Stefanski offered a rather interesting comparison for Hamilton following such a bizarre display of skills, according to Peter King of NBC Sports.
"That first pass play, you gotta tip your cap to Kyle Hamilton," Stefansky told King. "He’s like [Victor Wembanyama] out there playing nickel."
In case you don't follow the NBA (or have been living under a rock for that matter), Wembanyama was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2023 draft, made last June by the San Antonio Spurs. He's the most hyped prospect to enter the NBA since LeBron James did so exactly 20 years ago, and the Frenchman is considered what we come to call a "generational talent."
Hamilton, of course, was the Ravens 2022 first-round pick and 14th overall selection, and he was already labeled a "unicorn" coming out of Notre Dame because of his talents and his versatility.
The sophomore can play in both the safety and cornerback positions, including the nickel to man the opposite slot receiver as he did on the play in which he picked Watson.
This season alone, Hamilton has leveled up following his already-great rookie year, racking up 53 tackles, two interceptions, six batted passes, and three sacks through Week 10.
Following the loss against Cleveland, however, Hamilton said "I feel like guys kind of let off the gas a little bit," although he avoided directly blaming his teammates exclusively ("Not pointing fingers," he added) while including himself among those who could and should have done more to maintain the Ravens lead.