Safety Kyle Hamilton stood out at the Ravens rookie minicamp earlier this month as a first-round pick probably should. He didn’t look like a rookie trying to get through his first practices as an NFL player. He played with assertiveness and confidence and if he was overwhelmed, his body language and movement suggested otherwise.

That seemingly has carried over to the start of organized team activities this week. At Wednesday’s practice, the rookie out of Notre Dame was one of the most noticeable guys on the field.

In his one-on-one matchups early in practice, Hamilton had tight coverage on fourth-round tight ends Charlie Kolar and Isaiah Likely. In both situations, he got his hand in and registered a pass breakup. During the full-team work, he broke on passes quickly and was aggressive coming forward.

On one play, he anticipated a throw in the middle of the field and was in position to either intercept the ball or drill the intended receiver, but he wisely pulled up to avoid a big collision in a non-contact practice. Still, the play left fellow safety Tony Jefferson hooting and hollering as he jogged across the field.

Beyond that, what perhaps was most impressive was how confident Hamilton looked. He didn’t look confused pre-snap. He communicated with his teammates and he seemed to be in the right spot more often than not.

“I like his demeanor — kind of a calm-demeanor guy, and he’s picked up the defense exceptionally quickly so far; not that he’s been perfect, but he’s studying,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said after the workout. “You can tell he studies hard at it, and he’s got a good grasp on the defense already, and he’s moving around really well.”

Now, let’s get to observations and thoughts from Wednesday’s practice, the team’s second OTA and the first of three open to the media.