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Yahoo's Eric Edholm ranks Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley as the class' No. 4 player.

"Some scouting directors believe Stanley had a chance to be one of the top two tackles drafted this year had he come out early," he wrote. "But he'll return to an experienced Irish team with a chance to lock down a top-five selection for 2016." Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked Stanley No. 3 to the Raiders in a 2016 draft exercise. We would have ranked Stanley as the No. 1 tackle in the 2015 draft had he entered early.
May 26 - 11:13 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar believes Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley is as good a run blocker as he is a pass blocker.

"He received high praise from many because of his athleticism at the position," Kadar wrote. "While Stanley is suited to take on speed rushers, he's just as good blocking against the run. He was a lock top-20 pick in this year's draft and should be in contention for the No. 1 pick in 2016." Scout.com ranks Stanley as the No. 3 overall draft prospect and Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked him No. 3 to the Raiders in a preliminary 2016 draft exercise.
Source: SB Nation
May 22 - 8:51 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior DB KeiVarae Russell will "be plenty motivated as he returns" from an academic suspension, wrote NFL Media.

Russell, who has 26 career starts, was one of five players suspended in 2014 during an investigation into academic fraud. We thought he was arguably Notre Dame's top defensive back before the suspension. "He'll no doubt have some rust to deal with after spending so much time away, but it might not be long before the talented player shows everyone that he can be one of the better corners in the game," wrote Bryan Fischer.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:19 PM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith "moves extremely well laterally, gets off blocks and makes tough open-field tackles look routine," notes NFL Media.

"If healthy, there's no reason Smith can't be a first-team All-American this fall against an always-tough ND schedule that includes Texas, Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. As a sophomore, Smith posted a team-high 112 tackles, including a career-high 14 against USC and Stanford. NFL Media ranks Smith as the No. 6 defensive player in the land.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 12:30 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire is the undisputed starter following the transfer of Everett Golson.

It's basically been Zaire's job since late last season, but the southpaw surely breathed a sigh of relief when Golson announced he would sign with Florida State. Zaire could be in line for quite the breakout season. Notre Dame's offensive line returns 67 career starts, Tarean Folston and Greg Bryant are a nice RB duo and William Fuller is a dangerous weapon outside. "I believe Brian Kelly's team is a legit playoff contender," wrote Stewart Mandel.
Source: Fox Sports
May 19 - 7:58 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior DB KeiVarae Russell discussed his experience of being suspended for the entire 2014 season for academic reasons.

"When you go through something as important as almost getting football and a college degree stripped away from you, you take a deep breath," Russell said. The now redshirt junior was arguably Notre Dame's top defensive back before his suspension, so if he retained his form expect a great season. Don't forget his name in preseason evaluation lists.
May 19 - 10:36 AM

Notre Dame junior WR William Fuller received 26.6 of the school's targets in 2014.

Fuller was clearly Notre Dame's go to target, as two receivers tied (Corey Robinson and Chris Brown) with the next largest target percentage of 15.2. Of the 115 targets Fuller received, he caught 76 for a rate of 66.1%. The Irish do have a new offensive coordinator in Mike Sanford.
Source: SB Nation
May 18 - 1:11 PM

Notre Dame blitzed on 35.4 percent of their defensive snaps in 2014, according to PFF.

The figure is "well above the national average," per Steve Palazzolo. Notre Dame is also "very stunt-heavy up front" according to CFF's charting. The question is if the blizting was by choice or by necessity. Fans always love to hear that their team will be more aggressive with blitzes, but defensive coaches will almost unanimously say they would rather create consistent pressure with four up front. Notre Dame's edge rushers lacked talent and production last year.
May 18 - 11:22 AM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith debuted at No. 18 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"An instant-impact talent in South Bend, Smith started all 13 games as a true freshman, then had a stellar sophomore campaign during which he picked up 112 tackles, including nine tackles for loss," Kiper wrote. "Smith can be moved around, has good length and can flat-out fly for a linebacker, with sub-4.5 speed. He'll be a household name with a healthy 2015." Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17 in a 2016 mock draft. At the next level, Smith could be either a 4-3 OLB or a 3-4 ILB.
May 16 - 11:18 PM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith has "that 'it' quality along with size, speed, athleticism and smarts," wrote Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

Scout ranks Smith as the No. 8 prospect in the class. "He was an immediate plug and play guy in South Bend, evnetually playing the middle and weakside linebacker positions for the Fighting Irish," Newberg wrote. "Smith can pretty much do anything you ask, stuff the run, play inside-out and drop and make plays in covergae. This is an outstanding player and prospect from Notre Dame." Smith posted 112 tackles and nine tackles for a loss last year.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 10:02 PM

Scout.com ranks Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley as the No. 3 overall draft prospect.

"He plays with extraordinary balance, agility and has terrific feet," wrote Jamie Newberg. "He can bend and he can move. Stanley can drive defenders off the ball and mirror rushers in pass pro. Stanley only gave up one sack in 2014. That's remarkable considering he played against Leonard Williams (USC), Frank Clark (Michigan), Marcus Hardison (Arizona State), Lorenzo Mauldin (Louisville), Sheldon Rankins (Louisville) and Danielle Hunter (LSU). He also recorded 110 knockdown blocks last fall." Stanley started 13 games at RT in 2013 and 13 at LT last year. Rotoworld's Josh Norris is just as high on Stanley as Scout, mocking him No. 3 to the Raiders in a preliminary 2016 draft projection.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 8:06 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley checks in at No. 10 on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

"There was some talk that Stanley should have jumped into the 2015 draft, but I think he was wise to return to South Bend," he wrote. "The pedigree and upside thus far beats the consistency, and another year should have him in great draft position. He already has 13 starts at right tackle as a freshman, followed by 13 at left tackle as a sophomore, so he'll marry plenty of experience to prototypical length and movement skills." We remain sky-high on Stanley. Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked him No. 3 to the Raiders in a preliminary 2016 draft exercise.
May 15 - 8:05 PM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris allotted Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Smith and Burfict would be a nice combination," he wrote. ESPN's Todd McShay also thinks Smith heads into the year with the looks of a first-rounder. "Smith has flashed a lot of raw talent during his Notre Dame career, and has played both inside and outside linebacker in the Fighting Irish defense," he wrote. "He'd fit best as a weak inside linebacker in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense." McShay slotted Smith to the Chiefs at No. 24.
Source: Rotoworld
May 14 - 6:40 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports that Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "might have been the top offensive tackle off the board in 2015."

Stanley, of course, opted to return to school for at least one more year. "Scouts want to see more strength," Rang wrote. The analyst ranks Stanley as the No. 3 underclassmen prospect in the country. Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked Stanley No. 3 to the Raiders in a preliminary 2016 draft projection.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 3:42 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day as the No. 10 senior prospect in the country.

"Quick and powerful, Day is a difference-maker in the middle for the Irish," he wrote. Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December and seriously considered hopping to the pros. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder is a bit all over the place on film. On same plays, he is a holy terror and a no-doubt first-rounder. On others, you'd need a magnifying glass to find him.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 3:24 AM


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