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Ikem Ekwonu and 6 NFL Draft prospects the NY Jets must avoid

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4. The NY Jets must avoid drafting Kyle Hamilton

Kyle Hamilton might just be the best overall talent in this draft class. A true freak of nature, Hamilton is everything teams look for in a modern-day NFL safety.

At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Hamilton has unreal size for the position that he blends with freakish athleticism and sideline-to-sideline speed. Hamilton is almost the perfect safety prospect.

He emerged on the college football scene as a sophomore in 2020 earning first-team All-ACC honors after recording 63 tackles, six pass breakups, and an interception.

He followed that up with an even better 2021 season that earned him Consensus All-American honors en route to being widely declared one of the best players in the country.

There's no doubt that Hamilton would be a major addition to a Jets' defense that realistically still has holes at all three levels. However, it's hard to justify using that fourth overall pick on him.

The Jets went out and signed Jordan Whitehead in free agency solidifying at least one of the starting safety spots. They're not nearly as barren at the position as they were heading into free agency.

Much like Linderbaum, Hamilton just wouldn't provide the same impact that an edge rusher or a wide receiver would. He's likely going to be a really, really good player, but a four-win team with as many holes as the Jets have shouldn't be using a top-five pick on a safety. It's as simple as that.

On the off chance he's still available at pick 10, there's a chance the Jets would consider him, but in reality, it's probably best they just avoid him altogether. The value isn't there.

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