Option 2: Draft Kyle Hamilton
Another much-talked-about talent in this draft, Kyle Hamilton, is a do-it-all safety who is big, fast, and strong, all the characteristics you would want at the position. He is ranked by many different sources as the No. 1 talent in this draft, regardless of position. A 4.56 40-time at Notre Dame’s Pro Day is deceiving, and most evaluators don’t seem all that concerned about it.
While drafting Hamilton at No. 2 may seem high, his talent is worthy of the draft spot in rare historical air for safeties. It’s easy to compare him to Jamal Adams, and use that as a reason to not draft Hamilton so high. But people forget that before Adams went to Seattle, he was worthy of his draft spot (No. 6 overall) with the Jets and earned a big contract.
Drafting Hamilton would give the Lions a safety who can make an impact across the field (as a run defender, in coverage and as a blitzer?) to pair with the re-signed Tracy Walker. He could lock down a safety spot, and be a defensive centerpiece for Detroit, for the next decade. With the issues the Lions have had in the secondary for a while, and particularly at safety opposite Walker last year, they could use a talent like Hamilton to shore it up. Even if it means taking him at No. 2.