Dylan’s Dimes: Week 3 Edition

Dylan Price breaks down three top NFL draft prospects in this week’s edition of Dylan’s Dimes.

The losing streak is dead! Last week Alabama and Penn State squeaked out wins, so there is no curse… I repeat, no curse. With that said, this week’s crop is a really good one, featuring two of the top players in the class and a superstar playmaker.

Introduction:

Dylan’s Dimes is a ten step breakdown of three of the biggest draft eligible players taking the field in some of the biggest matchups each week. I analyze background, on the field performance, off the field traits, opinions around the NCAA, all leading up to the dropping the dime on how they could fit with gang green.

1/10-The Prospects:

Later today, the game of the week features #18 Wisconsin hosting #12 Notre Dame at Soldier Field. One of the top players in college football will be a key decider of the outcome in that contest. This player is arguably the best safety in this upcoming draft class. He is, Kyle Hamilton, Safety, Notre Dame. 

Defensive tackles are ferocious presences that can anchor defenses. For #7 Texas A&M, this tackle has been crucial to their defensive success. At 291 lbs, this player is an absolute freak of nature. He is DeMarvin Leal, Defensive Tackle, Texas A&M.

On the other side of the trenches, A&M has another top prospect. Tackles are a dime in a dozen in the NFL at this point, so this prospect will be highly touted. He is a mountain of a man at 324 pounds, and an underrated athlete. Completing the A&M double dip, the third player is Kenyon Green, Tackle, Texas A&M. 

2/10-The Measurables:

Kyle Hamilton:

-Height: 6’4″

-Weight: 220 lbs

-Year: Junior 

-Birthdate: 4/16/2001

-From: Heraklion, Greece

DeMarvin Leal:

-Height: 6’4”

-Weight: 291 lbs

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 7/1/2000

-From: San Antonio, TX

Kenyon Green:

-Height: 6’4″

-Weight: 324 lbs 

-Year: Junior

-Birthdate: 4/15/2001

-From: Humble, TX

3/10-The Background:

Kyle Hamilton:

Hamilton’s father Derrick had a storied overseas professional basketball career. During one of Derrick’s stops in Greece, he had Kyle who went on to be raised in Brookhaven, Georgia. Hamilton was a star safety and wide receiver, carving himself a role out on the Marist War Eagle squad. Hamilton then got named a USA Today All-American before committing to Notre Dame. 

DeMarvin Leal:

Leal was born in San Antonio, Texas, before attending high school at Judson in Converse, Texas. The freak athlete then went on to play a big role in the squad’s success before committing to join the Aggies. Leal was named a member of the 2019 U.S. Army All-American Game. 

Kenyon Green:

Green grew up in Humble, Texas which is ironic given one of his key characteristics is his humility and willingness to be used all over the offensive line. Green played for Atascoctia High School and had enough success to draw the eyes of many top schools before committing to LSU. Green then de-committed and chose to sign on with the Aggies for his collegiate career.

4/10-The Performance:

2019 & 2020 Statistics:

Kyle Hamilton:

2019: 13 games, 41 tackles, 1.0 TFLs, 4 INTs, 1 TD and 6 deflections. 

2020: 11 games 63 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, 1 INT and 6 deflections. 

DeMarvin Leal:

2019: 12 games, 38 tackles, 5.5 TFLs and 2.0 Sacks.

2020: 10 games, 37 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 2.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF and 1 FR.

Kenyon Green:

2019: Run Blocking Grade: 70.2     Pass Blocking Grade: 40.9 

2020: Run Blocking Grade: 77.2     Pass Blocking Grade: 63.0

5/10-The Good:

Kyle Hamilton:

Hamilton is one of the best secondary prospects I have evaluated in recent memory. Stingley, Elam and Hamilton have made this a really fun bunch to watch. Hamilton has a high football IQ, he’s got great versatility, exceptional range as a tackler and he’s just fun to watch. Hamilton can work out of the slot and in the box. His skills are well versed, and aside from refinement, there are truly no glaring holes in his game.

DeMarvin Leal:

Leal’s athleticism is exceptional. Leal has insane length and constantly finds ways to maneuver and use his length to push off. Leal has a variety of rush moves, and he tends to utilize them perfectly. Leal’s bull rush is top tier and he has the ability to only get better which is scary. Leal is a true force to be reckoned with.

Kenyon Green:

Green is a well educated football player and a violent and aggressive blocker. He fires out of the gate quickly, his hands are used efficiently and effectively, and Green finds ways to create space at an exceptional level. Green is more effective as a guard and his athleticism and size is on full display at the spot. Green is truly capable of anchoring the offensive line his footwork is in the elite tier.

6/10-The Bad:

Kyle Hamilton: 

For Hamilton, the biggest flaw he has is his overzealousness. At times, Hamilton looks to either compensate for his teammates flaws, or make up for lost ground by being too aggressive. If Hamilton can keep that in check and refine his skills, then he will transition effortlessly. 

DeMarvin Leal:

Although Leal is a freakish athlete and can make big plays, his pass rush abilities could stand to improve, that’s partly why the Aggies kicked him inside. It’s a smart play as Leal has the power to dominate opposing linemen in the trenches. If Leal could add a consistent pass rushing element to his game though, he could take himself to the next level. 

Kenyon Green:

It’s hard to tell one of the most ferocious and aggressive lineman to play more conservative, but at times Green gets too aggressive and loses his balance whilst blocking. Green can lose his footing and lose control of the opposition. If Green can control that aggression then he will be fine, especially since the flaws are are occurrences. 

7/10-The Focus of Improvement:

Kyle Hamilton: Don’t be too overzealous.

DeMarvin Leal: Pass Rush

Kenyon Green: Play more conservative.

8/10-The Potential:

Kyle Hamilton:

Hamilton has the potential to be a Harrison Smith caliber safety. He can be an all pro, Swiss army knife if he reaches his full potential. At his floor, Hamilton still stands as a starting safety capable of making an immediate impact on whatever defense he ends up with.

DeMarvin Leal:

Leal reminds me a lot of current Jet, Quinnen Williams. Leal isn’t the best pass rusher, but his bull rush and interior rushing abilities raise him to a top tier level. Leal could end up being a Williams caliber player at his floor, and at his ceiling, a legitimate force to be aware of at al times on offense. 

Kenyon Green:

Green has an incredibly high ceiling. Green could end up being an anchor of an offensive line moving forward. I see Green being a top 12-15 guard in the NFL by year two. Green is a freak athlete and if his high football intelligence and superb skill set transitions as smoothly as expected, the sky is the limit.

9/10-The Outside Opinion:

Kyle Hamilton:

“To me, the most impressive thing about him is the amount of ways he makes plays. I have a lot of respect for his game. He’s not that one-trick pony where he does one thing really well. He’s making plays all over the field. Run game, pass game, man coverage, zone converge, blitzing.”-Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator, Wisconsin 

DeMarvin Leal:

“He has just started to flash his potential last year. I’m expecting a big jump up next year. He has the size to play three-technique in a 4-3 defense. He can kick outside and play some five tech in a 3-4. Again, this is prototypical size, strength and athleticism for the Aggies — who are loaded, by the way.”- Matt Miller, ESPN NFL Draft Expert

Kenyon Green:

“Typically with scouting reports, I start with a player’s most impressive attribute, but with Green, it’s difficult to know where to start. There genuinely are that many remarkable elements to the Texas A&M guard’s game. So, let’s work through from lining up to putting a man down in the ground.”- Oliver Hodgkinson, Pro Football Network 

10/10-The Fit:

Kyle Hamilton:

Hamilton may be the kind of player that falls and the Jets have a hard time passing up. Hamilton has showed he can slot in wherever needed. He’s the best coverage safety in the class, he’s an exceptional tackler and a leader. Hamilton would become the focal point of the Jets secondary and likely captain the defense moving forward. The only qualm with me is the Jets don’t tend to value safeties, take Jamal Adams for example. With Hamilton though, what he brings to the table is undeniable, and if he’s there, it’ll be hard to pass him up.

DeMarvin Leal:

Leal has demonstrated versatility, freakish athleticism and playmaking ability. Leal would be a great add to defensive line. For me though, the question comes down to need. For Green and Hamilton, it’s much easier to see them fitting on the roster given the Jets lack of depth on the offensive line and in the secondary. For Leal, he is an exceptional talent, but with a roster that is so void of talent, expending resources on a position where there already are some strong pieces isn’t the wisest move. I’m all for building through the trenches, but focusing on the other side of the ball may be wiser when it comes to the trenches.

Kenyon Green:

Similarly to Evan Neal, given the Jets offensive line deficiencies, it’d be hard to pass up an opportunity to bolster the line. Green does have the athleticism and punch that even Mekhi Becton lacks, and his raw traits are undeniable. The one selling point for Green will be if he moves inside. His play inside is absurd and capable of climbing to the top of the class. If Green progresses this year and slides into the guard role effortlessly, as I foresee him continuing to do, then this is a match I could very well see happening.