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Four-star DE Khalid Kareem signed with Notre Dame.

Kareem drew interest from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas and Boston College, but Notre Dame was the only school he took an official visit to (back in October). The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end out of Farmington Hills, Michigan, "plays with good motor and will pursue and run down plays from the backside," notes Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu. Trieu speculates that when all is said and done, Kareem will likely be utilized as a strongside end with the Irish.
Source: scout.com
Feb 4 - 3:08 PM

Notre Dame sophomore CB Nick Watkins may prove to be an upgrade over KeiVarae Russell, believes ESPN's KC Joyner.

How can Joyner be so sure in projecting the unproven Watkins to best the work of Russell, one of Mel Kiper's 10-best cornerbacks? Russell allowed 9.3 yards per target (YPT) on 61 targets last season, ranking tied for 166th out of 182 qualifying defensive backs. "Russell also did not contribute much in the way of interceptions (two) or passes broken up (four)," Joyner wrote. "Nick Watkins was Russell's injury replacement starter in the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl, and his 5.2 YPT mark on 15 targets during the 2015 campaign indicates Watkins could be an upgrade at that position."
Feb 3 - 5:37 PM

Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise accepted an invitation to attend the NFL Combine.

Prosise finished the season on the bench with an ankle injury, but it was a breakout year for the former receiver. Prosise assumed the lead ball carrier role in the opening game when Tarean Folston went down with a knee injury. Previously, Prosise was known as a change of pace back who mostly made his mark out in space. He made a living on more difficult runs this year. Prosise could land in the third or fourth rounds.
Feb 2 - 10:09 AM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks observed that Notre Dame T Ronnie Stanley has "the potential to emerge as a Pro Bowler early in his pro career."

Brooks ranks him as the No. 2 tackle prospect in this draft class, trailing only Ole Miss standout Laremy Tunsil. The NFL.com draft guru went on to write that the 6-foot-5, 318-pounder is "a long, athletic blocker with the tools to snuff out elite rushers off the edge." Like Tunsil, he's a potential Top-5 selection this spring. He went out of the college game in style, with Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl saying that he "put on a clinic" in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State on New Year's Day.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 12:01 AM

At the Senior Bowl, Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day "showed off his trademark motor, along with the ability to make plays against the run," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranked Day as No. 10 among prospects at the event. "He's not the fastest guy off the ball, but he's a load for offensive linemen to handle on the inside," McShay wrote. The former Irish standout was Pro Football Focus' top-graded defensive tackle last season. Day "can struggle in congestion," CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler has noted, "but give him any type of space and blockers don't have an answer for his athleticism and active hands."
Feb 1 - 2:58 PM

Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day "can struggle in congestion," notes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler, "but give him any type of space and blockers don't have an answer for his athleticism and active hands."

Brugler noticed that Cowboys HC Jason Garrett (the Cowboy and Jaguar coaching staffs were on hand for the Senior Bowl) "often kicked [Day] outside to defensive end where he could work one-on-one vs. tackles." The draft analyst believes that the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder exhibits "the first step explosion, low pad level and body control to create havoc." He also called Day undersized, but so it goes. The former Irish standout was Pro Football Focus' top-graded defensive tackle this past season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 2:25 PM

During the Senior Bowl, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called Notre Dame C Nick Martin "a second-round pick all day long."

Martin's been steadily gaining as a draft prospect over the course of the season, with TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calling him (in early November) a "nasty defender who plays fundamentally sound football." The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder has demonstrated an aptitude blocking for both the run and the pass. He's the younger brother of Zack Martin, who was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2014 draft. In a recent four-round mock, NFL Media analyst Chase Goodbread had the Texans selecting Martin with the 85th pick, which would slot him as a third-rounder. This isn't quite as high as either Pauline or Mayock have him slotted.
Jan 30 - 6:21 PM

Four-star T Tommy Kraemer committed to Notre Dame in October of 2014.

Kraemer made his commitment to the Irish during his junior season at Elder High School in Cincinnati and he's stuck firm to it ever since, with National Signing Day now less than a week away. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder also saw interest from the likes of his home state Bearcats, Boston College and Duke. Scout.com called him a "big, physical lineman who plays with a mean streak and finishes his blocks." They think he's already among the best run-blocking recruits in the country. If he can improve his foot quickness, he has the upside to dominate as a pass blocker, to boot.
Source: scout.com
Jan 30 - 5:30 PM

Notre Dame signed HC Brian Kelly to a six-year contract extension.

Kelly's contract with the Irish will now run through 2021. Since being hired in December of 2009, he has taken Notre Dame to bowl games in each of his first six seasons--something no other coach of the team has ever done. He holds a 55-23 record since taking over as head coach, including a National Championship showing (and loss) to Alabama in 2012. For his coaching career as a whole, Kelly holds a sterling 226-80-2 record.
Jan 29 - 1:09 PM

Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day was Pro Football Focus's top-graded defensive tackle for the 2015 season.

"[Day] had a great practice on Wednesday, penetrating into the backfield and ruining plays for the offense on more than one occasion," PFF noted. "That certainly fits with what we saw from him this season, when he was disruptive as a run defender and even better as a pass-rusher. He recorded 46 total pressures, including four sacks — good for the second-best pass-rush productivity at his position in the country." Day earned a 2nd-Team All-American nod after posting 45 tackles, 15.5 TFL, four sacks, 13 hurries, two fumbles forced and four pass breakups last season.
Jan 28 - 6:28 PM

The NFL hopes Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's recovery timetable will be similar to OL Cedric Ogbuehi's, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Ogbuehi returned from his own devastating knee injury midway through his rookie season. Smith underwent reconstructive knee surgery earlier this month after tearing his ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Smith No. 15 overall, noting that he is "above average in coverage" and "capable of covering gaps and plenty of ground."
Jan 27 - 4:42 PM

Notre Dame DE Romeo Okwara was invited to the NFL combine.

Okwara wasn't physically ready for the rigors of big-time football early on, but he bulked up and became a relied upon edge rusher for the Irish over the past two years. Okwara checked into the Shrine Game at 6-foot-4.5 and 266 pounds. Okwara was credited with one tackle in Saturday's contest.
Jan 27 - 4:28 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that he sees Notre Dame WR Chris Brown as a potential fifth-to-sixth-round selection in this spring's draft.

Brown failed to truly impress during the Shrine Game on Saturday, catching three passes for 42 yards. That performance aside, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Notre Dame product isn't lacking tools. As Rotoworld's Josh Norris notes, he's shown a propensity to make difficult catches, though he's also flashed maddening inconsistencies at times. In 2015, he logged a 44-562-3 receiving line. Keep in mind that the numbers were somewhat muted due to the presence of fellow wideout Will Fuller.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 24 - 4:22 PM

Notre Dame WR Chris Brown caught three passes for 42 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Those aren't particularly flashy numbers, but let's be fair to Brown. He was on the East team, same team as quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Joel Stave. If he had West gunslinger Vernon Adams throwing to him, he might have put on a better statistical show. As is, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wideout still has a lot going for him, with Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris noting that "it would not be a surprise to see Brown emerge as the best pro from this receiver group [in the Shrine Game]." Norris likes his ability to make difficult catches and wrote that the receiver has flashed tools in all areas (inconsistently at times, but still). This past season, he caught 44 passes for 562 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 23 - 9:01 PM

Four-star T Liam Eichenberg committed to Notre Dame in April.

Eichenberg was being chased by the likes of Alabama, Boston College and Florida State before committing to Notre Dame last spring. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder out of Saint Ignatious High School is ranked at No. 67 in the ESPN 300. He's already working with a big frame, one which should allow him to put on weight as he settles in with the Fighting Irish. While he demonstrates (per ESPN 300) "good initial pop" and hand placement, he needs to improve his balance moving forward. Also of note, Eichenberg suffered a knee injury his junior season. He toughed his way through that, but health is something to keep an eye on as he competes for playing time in the coming months.
Jan 22 - 9:13 PM


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