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2022 Draft Injury Files: Kyle Hamilton

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Vibes were good yesterday, as Stefon Diggs just signed his four-year, $104 million extension. Then, by 6 pm that night, Rachel Bush reminded us why we can’t have nice things.

🌎 on Twitter: “This really sounds like you’re happy for him pic.twitter.com/wBwWLBxtKB / Twitter”

This really sounds like you’re happy for him pic.twitter.com/wBwWLBxtKB

One can assume that, where there is smoke, there is fire. Jordan Poyer just hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent, which was announced about two hours before Ms. Bush told us how they really feel…

Not to be twisted, this isn’t a poetic slam against Poyer. He is an All-Pro and a captain. However, it’s a business. If the switch to Rosenhaus creates an impasse in contract negotiations, and the team wants to cut bait with Ms. Bush’s social media baggage, there is a scenario that will blow your mind…

The Buffalo Bills trade Jordan Poyer and the 25th pick to the New York Giants for the 7th overall pick and select Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton.

Connecting the dots for this type of trade is another discussion. What matters is if Kyle Hamilton is that guy. Once considered a top-5 selection, there are rumblings of a drop on draft day. Hamilton has had injuries the past two seasons. When this is coupled with paltry testing numbers for speed and agility, should we be concerned?

Kent Lee Platte on Twitter: “Kyle Hamilton is a FS prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 9.01 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 79 out of 788 FS from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/MDaWTFs7cu #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/vQ60L6TPKq / Twitter”

Kyle Hamilton is a FS prospect in the 2022 draft class. He scored an unofficial 9.01 RAS at the Combine out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 79 out of 788 FS from 1987 to 2022. https://t.co/MDaWTFs7cu #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/vQ60L6TPKq

Injury History

Hamilton has had two notable injuries over the past two seasons. After a clean freshman season, Hamilton suffered a left ankle injury in the 2020 opener. Although it was deemed a low ankle sprain, which is the most common type, it still caused him to miss a game. After the season he required minor surgery on that ankle. In this past season, Hamilton suffered a right MCL injury that caused him to miss the last five games of the season. It was also reported that his knee injury required PRP injections.

Shawn Spencer on Twitter: “Really hoping Kyle Hamilton’s injury isn’t as bad as it looks. Immediately reached for his knee. pic.twitter.com/GGNbeGJmRv / Twitter”

Really hoping Kyle Hamilton’s injury isn’t as bad as it looks. Immediately reached for his knee. pic.twitter.com/GGNbeGJmRv

Prognosis

Kyle Hamilton is fine. It’s tempting to say his injury history has slowed him down, but it is unlikely. For starters, the ankle injury was the low type, not the complicated high sprain. The off-season surgery does raise an eyebrow, but it was probably a simple clean-up. As for his knee, the MCL heals well without surgery (1). He likely had the PRP injections to improve an already good prognosis. The missed games were likely more of a business decision than a medical necessity.

Citations

  1. Phisitkul P, James SL, Wolf BR, Amendola A. MCL injuries of the knee: current concepts review. Iowa Orthop J. 2006; 26: 77-90.
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  1. Jessica Clevagestein

    April 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Can they trade rachel for a dozen wings and keep Poyer?

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