The Baltimore Ravens chose Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft in 2022. With this selection, Notre Dame had its 70th player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, and it was the first such selection since 2019.
Hamilton, after missing most of his junior year of 2021 due to a knee injury, was named a consensus All-American at safety. Over his three years with the Irish, he recorded 138 tackles and eight interceptions, including 34 in just those seven games.
Since the Minnesota Vikings selected Harrison Smith, a perennial all-pro safety, with the 29th pick in 2012, Hamilton is the first defensive back from Notre Dame to be selected in the first round.
Since Todd Lyght went fifth overall in 1991, this is the highest an Irish defensive back has been drafted.
The last Notre Dame defensive player to be drafted higher than him was Bryant Young, a defensive tackle who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2022. Young was selected seventh overall in the 1994 NFL Draft.
The Ravens have added the Atlanta, Georgia, native to their roster to play alongside his former Falcons teammate Daelin Hayes. Hayes was picked up by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
His selection by Baltimore at No. 6 overall makes him the highest Irish draught pick since all-pro Ronnie Stanley was taken at No. 6 in 2016.
Now more than any other college football team, Notre Dame has had 521 alumni selected in the NFL draught.
Where is Kyle Hamilton drafted?
Kyle Hamilton was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 14 pick in the first round of Thursday night’s NFL draft.