Questions and comparisons about Ed Reed It started with Kyle Hamilton once he was drafted by the Ravens.
At one point, he just had to shake his head and laugh about it.
Reception was inevitable due to the shadow of Reid, who, along with Matt Elam, was the only other to be drafted into the first round in franchise history.
“I’ve been at Raven for less than 24 hours and been asked about you about 50 times,” Hamilton said on Ravens Wired.
There is a perception that Hamilton may have some big shoes to fill, but Reed doesn’t see it that way.
“You do what you want,” Reid told him. “Don’t worry about the comparison. This stuff is just there you are your person, your man. That’s what got you where you are.”
Reed’s bio reads like a real Hall-of-Famer, which can be intimidating to any player.
Nine Pro Bowl berths
Six All-Pro gestures.
2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year 2004
2008 Ravens’ Ed Block Courage Award Winner.
Reed was also a winner on the court, helping the Ravens reach the Asian Championship matches three times during his career. In 2012-13, Reed played a key role in leading the Ravens on the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.
Over the course of his 13-year NFL career, Reed finished with 643 total interceptions, 64 interceptions, seven touchdown interceptions, six sacks, 13 recoveries, and 139 assists defended. He holds the Ravens’ franchise records for career interceptions (61), interception return yards (1,541), interceptions returned for touchdowns (7) and defense passes (135).
Reed holds the NFL records for the longest interception return (107 yards), career path interception return yards (1590) and multiple career interception games (12). Reed is tied for most career playoffs (9) and most blocked kicks back in touch (3) in NFL history.
Therefore, Hamilton will be hard-pressed to face those feats. In fact, he should only focus on being the best player he can be and not try to imitate Reed.
This may be enough
Hamilton was widely regarded as the best player overall in this year’s draft. He dropped to No. 14 for the Ravens because of his slow time in the 40-yard dash.
Its speed is not a concern.
“A guy who goes into the Combine and maybe not runs as fast as you think, or maybe he’s running faster,” Ravens team manager Joe Hortiz told players. “It works both ways. It happens in a lot of places [you say], “Wow, I didn’t think it was so fast.” Then you cast another game, or you open the report and say, “What did you say with his play speed?” “Did I say the guy plays fast?” or “Did I say the guy is playing slow?” So, anytime these things happen, for sure, you ask yourself these questions. But in Kyle [Hamilton] Specific case, you look at the speed of his game [and] What you see on tape. It covers the ground. It is flying. It shows bursts. It shows detonation and range. Then you look at your score, the speed score, you get a good score, they all match, and only 40 [-yard dash time] did not match. “
The crows didn’t need to be safe in this year’s draft Chuck Clark I just signed Marcus Williams in the list. But when Hamilton started slipping, they had no choice but to take him because he was so high on the draft board.
The Ravens are confident that they have chosen the best player.
“We were very lucky to have a guy like Kyle already around,” said general manager Eric DeCosta. “It was a gift we didn’t always get for some years [and] Made it very easy because the phone didn’t ring. It’s been a few years I can think of when the phone didn’t ring. Two years – just to tell you a little story guys – never rang when we wrote the draft Ronnie StanleyAnd it never rang when we enlisted Marlon HumphreyAnd those were very good choices.
“I feel like we’ll look back on that choice and be glad the phone didn’t ring.”