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An NFL scout disagrees with comparisons linking Notre Dame WR Will Fuller and DeSean Jackson.

"I hear the DeSean Jackson comparison and I can't get there," the scout said. "DeSean was faster, tougher and more reliable than Fuller. I'm not saying Fuller can't play but I don't think he's DeSean." NFL.com's Lance Zierlein doesn't think the Fuller-Jackson comparison is too far off-base, but thinks he's found a better one. "Personally, I can see the comparison to Jackson, but I think the better comparison might be Ted Ginn," he wrote. "And obviously, I'm referring to the current Ted Ginn and not the Ted Ginn everyone was so down on a few years ago."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 7:41 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman says redshirt freshman WR Equanimeous St. Brown "has generated a lot of buzz inside the Irish program."

"We expected a good player. There's no question. We did not expect what we got from him," head coach Brian Kelly told Feldman. The team is in need of receivers to step up, with Will Fuller and Chris Brown off to the NFL. St. Brown, who stands at 6-foot-5 and 200-pounds fits Notre Dame's recent mold of going big at the position.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 10:33 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told Bruce Feldman that junior QB Malik Zaire and redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer will compete for the starting job this offseason.

"We’ll let those two kids... compete old-fashion (for the starting job). It’ll be wide open and let the best man win," Kelly said. The head coach is in a unique position among his peers, boasting two solid starters at a position where such players can be tough to come by. Zaire opened last season as the starter after winning the job in an offseason competition against Everett Golson, who eventually transferred. Zaire is still recovering from a right ankle injury, but signs point to a return for spring practice.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:39 AM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly expects second year QB Brandon Wimbush to redshirt in 2016.

"We sacrificed his redshirt season (in 2015) by playing," Kelly said of Wimbush. "That’s why it was very important to get Ian Book out of California." The move makes plenty of sense, as Notre Dame will head into the season rostering two quarterbacks with starting experience in Malik Zaire and DeShone Kizer.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 8 - 8:11 AM

Notre Dame signed four-star WR Chase Claypool.

Claypool hails from Abbotsford, British Columbia, and already has the prototypical size coaches love to see from a potential impact receiver. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound wideout "explodes off the line with good surge, has quick feet, gets into routes and can reach top speed quickly given his size," according to the ESPN 300, where he ranks 159th. Oregon was pursuing him as a possible linebacker and while Notre Dame might convert him over from offense, the Irish just lost their two leading receivers (William Fuller, Chris Brown) to the draft. There could be early playing time for Claypool if things break right.
Feb 6 - 12:37 PM

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


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