Eric DeCosta: In no scenario did Ravens think we could draft Kyle Hamilton at 14

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Ravens General Manager Eric DeCosta was pleasantly surprised to get safety Kyle Hamilton with the 14th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Although the Eagles traded up from No. 15 to No. 13 to draft Jordan Davis, presumably thinking they needed to leapfrog the Ravens, DeCosta said the Ravens definitely would have chosen Hamilton over Davis.

“I was thinking thank God Kyle Hamilton is still on the board because he was the highest-rated player, quite honestly, and it wasn’t super close between those two,” DeCosta said. “People have asked me, ‘Would you have taken Jordan Davis?’ Yeah, we would have. Jordan Davis is an excellent football player and fits us very, very well. But as we mocked out and looked at all the different scenarios, in no scenario did we see Kyle there for us.”

DeCosta said the Ravens were expecting to trade down with a team that wanted a wide receiver, but with four receivers taken in Picks 8-12, the top receivers were off the board and the trade-up offers weren’t there.

“I thought the scenario that would probably be most accurate might be that a team picking in the 20s would have traded up to 14 to take a receiver,” DeCosta said. “I thought looking out at it that Chris Olave might have been there at 14. And had that happened, I feel like our phone would have rung.”

But while DeCosta is never opposed to trading down, he got the player he very much wanted by staying put.

41 responses to “Eric DeCosta: In no scenario did Ravens think we could draft Kyle Hamilton at 14

  1. Dude might be really good but they aint lyin’ when they say he is slow…his lack of speed might get really exposed in NFL…we shall see.

  2. Do they ever say anything other than we got the player we wanted all along?

  3. Anytime you can spend pick #14 on a safety who runs a 4.7 you just got to, amirite? Everyone needs a slow safety.

  4. Ravens are one of the best drafting teams of the modern era, with the exception of WRs.

  5. Feels like resigning Earl Thomas to mentor the kid would be a fantastic move for locker room unity!

  6. An absolute steal at 14. As a Ravens fans I think they killed it with this pick and in the entire draft.

  7. This guy has a lot of tools but I predict he’s going to be too slow in coverage and will end up moving to LB

  8. I have no problem with my Eagles investing in the d-line and drafting Davis, but I think they outsmarted themselves by trading up.

    They’d have been better off keeping those picks regardless of what Baltimore did. Baltimore takes Hamilton, you get to take Davis and keep your picks. Baltimore takes Davis, then take Hamilton and keep all your picks.

  9. It’s safe to say that both bird teams are happy with Davis and Hamilton, and they should be. Both have sky-high potential and seem to be good fits.

  10. Amazing how every GM insists they got “exactly the players we were looking for” after every draft. It’s almost like they arent being 100% honest

  11. Kyle Hamilton is about as fast as Jordan Davis. He’ll be beaten repeatedly by fast receivers and running backs. Good luck!

  12. eric: if you played any of the online draft simulators for more than a few times, you would have encountered hamilton falling into your lap at least once or twice. but almost every other simulation came up with you taking davis, which is why howie roseman jumped you.

  13. Guy’s going t0 be like 230lbs running a 4.8 40 in two years. He’ll make a nice nickel LB.

  14. I saved a copy of Jerry Jone’s draft chart that was published the other day. For what it’s worth, Jerry had Kyle Hamilton at #8.

  15. Number one rule don’t ever believe any said by an owner/GM/coach before, during or after a draft. Truth may come out 3 or 4 years down the road when the GM is covering his backside and says this wasn’t our/my first choice when cutting that 1st round bust.

  16. dstegesaurus says: “Amazing how every GM insists they got “exactly the players we were looking for” after every draft.”
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    Technically, they’re not wrong.

    Each team ranks every available player and just crosses off the announced draft picks, which leave them with – the next exact player they’re looking for.

  17. Loving the “slow” comments – Ed Reed was so slow he dropped into the mid-twenties of the First Round. How’d that turn out?

  18. questfor7 says:
    May 6, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Kyle Hamilton is about as fast as Jordan Davis. He’ll be beaten repeatedly by fast receivers and running backs. Good luck!

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    His 40 time was only 1/3 of a second slower than the fastest WR at the combine, only 1/5 of a second slower than the fastest RB, only 1/10 of a second slower than the average combine WR.

    It’s the CBs who need the straight-line speed. Safeties are all about anticipation, reading the field in front of them, and cutting off runners at angle (which means shorter running distances). It’s foolish to pick only one metric for them.

  19. Kyle Hamilton 40 time 4.59
    Ed Reed 40 time 4.57

    Playing safety isn’t all about speed. A lot of instinct and anticipation involved. Tom Brady once referred to Ed Reed as the best “centerfielder” he ever played against.

  20. How about we see him play a single down in the NFL before we start calling anything a steal or good value. Hype seems to be so much fun until September.

  21. The thing those who live and die by the 40-time aren’t taking into account is intelligence. If you have a high football IQ (a la Ed Reed) then you are instinctively going to jump routes more. That will often more than make up for the fraction of a second in a flat-out footrace. Also, a safety doesn’t have to be faster than a WR- they just have to be able to close the gap at an angle. Look at the tape, this kid can play.

  22. For the people saying he’s too slow… he ran a 40 almost identical to Ed Reed.

  23. For the people saying he’s too slow… he ran a 40 almost identical to Matt Elam.

  24. Ravens believe they only need defense to win, have a QB who can’t throw a 30 yd out, and believe running the ball 90% of the time can get them to the Super Bowl. They also would pass on a WR in the draft, even if he was the next Jerry Rice. Good luck w/ THAT.

  25. Do people not realize that Hamilton will be the Strong Safety (Marcus Williams will be the Free Safety), also Ed Reed ran the same exact 40 time as Hamilton. I’m not saying he’s going to be Ed Reed, but they drafted Hamilton for his ability to cover backs, TEs, slot receivers, his instincts and football IQ.

  26. Broncos fan here. People are trashing Kyle Hamilton’s 40 time as he ran a 4.59. Broncos safety Justin Simmons ran a 4.61 yet he is a two time All-Pro safety and is one of PFF’s highest graded players every year. I think Hamilton will be fine, speed wise…

  27. Defense better be great, because they have no passing attack.

  28. Well I don’t think anybody expected the Vikings to trade back 20 spots, give the Lions the best WR prospect in the draft and then draft an inferior safety prospect.

  29. bomatdaman says:
    May 6, 2022 at 4:10 pm
    For the people saying he’s too slow… he ran a 40 almost identical to Matt Elam.

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    LOL! This is supposed to be sarcastic, right? To your presumed point, I’ve seen faster, more hyped safeties drafted higher that were also busts. Comparing this dude to Ed Reed is hilarious.

    Nothing ages like milk more than post-draft grades. Why don’t these outlets that revolve around draft news ever grade draft at their five year anniversary, rather than the next day before anyones played football??

  30. I’d have like the Vikings to pick him at 12, but unless someone has a Delorean with a flux capacitor no one wins this argument for a least a couple of years.

  31. Let’s see, Kyle Hamilton 4.56, Eric weddle ran a 4.48, Harrison Smith 4.57, tyrann Mathieu 4.51, Justin Simmons 4.61. safety is about play recognition/anticipation and angles. Kyle Hamilton looks like the real deal on tape. I think they themselves a steal

  32. The only reason why Hamilton is a Raven is because the Eagles leapfrogged Baltimore to snag Jordan Davis. Payback for when the Ravens did the same thing to Philly when Baltimore draft Haloti Ngata.

  33. loldeepball says:
    May 6, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I have no problem with my Eagles investing in the d-line and drafting Davis, but I think they outsmarted themselves by trading up.

    They’d have been better off keeping those picks regardless of what Baltimore did. Baltimore takes Hamilton, you get to take Davis and keep your picks. Baltimore takes Davis, then take Hamilton and keep all your picks.

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    Uh huh. Physical specimens like Jordan Davis only come around once every few years. Explain to us why Baltimore made a mistake when they traded in front of Philly a few years back to snag Haloti Ngata and stuck Philly with Broderick Bunkley instead.

  34. tinye67 says:
    May 6, 2022 at 12:46 pm
    Thanks to the Vikings
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    Thanks to the Jets for taking Wilson which promoted teams to trade up for a WR leaving Kyle Hamilton for the Ravens

  35. GiveEachOther20Dollars says:
    May 6, 2022 at 12:50 pm
    Do they ever say anything other than we got the player we wanted all along?

    1137Rate This

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    Didn’t you know? DeCosta and Whinebaugh are perfect and have never made a mistake with anything,

  36. People forget Ravens drafted Travis Jones, he was the #3 rated DT in the Draft behind Davis. Ravens already have two great safeties with Chuck Clark and Marcus Williams. Look for Hamilton to be used as a chess piece on D – blitzing the QB, covering TE’s, stuffing the run. I’ll take Hamilton, Ojabo, and Travis Jones any day!

  37. Southpaw says:
    May 6, 2022 at 5:04 pm
    bomatdaman says:
    May 6, 2022 at 4:10 pm
    For the people saying he’s too slow… he ran a 40 almost identical to Matt Elam.

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    LOL! This is supposed to be sarcastic, right? To your presumed point, I’ve seen faster, more hyped safeties drafted higher that were also busts. Comparing this dude to Ed Reed is hilarious.

    Nothing ages like milk more than post-draft grades. Why don’t these outlets that revolve around draft news ever grade draft at their five year anniversary, rather than the next day before anyones played football??
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    Too funny and yes, being sacastic. Every year we salivate over draft choices while having no idea what’s to come. Remember the hype after last year’s draft and how genius our front office is? Remember how The Road Grader Ben Cleveland was the next coming of Ogden? Do we need to be reminded that the C- draft by Cincinnati represented the AFC last year? So yes, we are both on the same page.

  38. Reading these comments it’s very obvious that many on here haven’t played a down of football in their lives. Ed Reed’s 40 time was 4.57, he had no problem breaking on passes and returning it 100+ yds to the house. It’s not just about being fast. If you’re fast with no instincts playing safety, you won’t matter. You’ll spend all your time using your great 40 time chasing plays you’re out of position on. Safety is waaaay more about instincts, anticipation, and play recognition which Hamilton has in spades.

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