Safety: Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame
Again, it’s a little bit of a chalk pick, but I don’t really care. If Kayvon Thibodeaux isn’t the pound-for-pound best player in this class, Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton certainly is. “Hammy” is an extremely rangy safety who can get sideline to sideline faster than you can say “analytics don’t value safeties.” But that’s not all! You can stuff him in the box and let him play as a sub-package linebacker. There’s so much potential with how you can use him, that I seriously don’t see a way for him to not be a stud in the NFL.
Cornerback: Trent McDuffie, Washington
Trent McDuffie plays with a level of aggressiveness and intensity that I wish every cornerback played with. He’s a pitbull wearing a chihuahua’s clothing, and it’s awesome. McDuffie is a bit undersized for a cornerback, but his demeanor and creativity at the position will carry him to wins against some big receivers as a pro. Washington didn’t face a lot of NFL talent at receiver during McDuffie’s career, but the assignments he did face, he dominated. He’s not the best corner in this class, but he has the pure effort that the other top corners like Derek Stingley might lack.
My Top Five Personal Favorites
- Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
- Leo Chenal, LB, Wisconsin
- Travis Jones, DT, UConn
- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington