2022 NFL draft preview
SOUTH BEND, Ind -- It's that time of the year for the 2022 NFL draft kicking off in Las Vegas with the first round with a Notre Dame predicted to go early.
The hot name on this year's draft is Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.
Hamilton is coming into this draft as the number one safety in the draft rankings according to ESPN.
In three seasons with the Irish, he played 31 games, with 19 starts, and 8 interceptions.
The star safety participated in both the draft combine in Indianapolis and the Notre Dame pro day this year running a 4.59 at the combine and a 4.56 at his pro-day.
After competing his pro-day performance Hamilton shared his thoughts on his results and expectations ahead of today’s draft.
"If I’m thinking I’m probably like the sixth or fifth best player in the draft like that’s not going to make any team want me or make me want to create and make big plays. So, I feel like I’ve carried myself that way ever since I started playing sports," said former Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.
"Whenever I actually sit back and realize I went through this whole process I’ve been looking up to since I was five years old, like going to the combine, experiencing all this, going to the draft, getting drafted. It’s something I’ve been dreaming of since I was five and the actually experience of achieving your goal is really cool," said Hamilton.
A lot of the draft projections have Hamilton going to the Washington Commanders for the 11th overall pick.
Other names in that first round conversation include Michigan’s star defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Ohio State’s electric wide receiver Garrett Wilson.
As for other Notre Dame standouts the expectation is for quarterback Jack Coan and running back Kyren Williams to be selected in rounds 4-7.
"I’m a great teammate and I’m going to be one of the hardest workers in the building and then as a football player I feel like I’m an extremely an smart player. I’m very accurate with the football and I have a great arm as well," said former Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan.
"There’s no doubt about it. If you watch today’s film from the throwing session, you’ll see that I’m not just a running back and I can it all on all downs," said former Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams.