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Seahawks selected Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise with the No. 90 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Prosise (6'1/220) played slot receiver and special teams before taking over as Notre Dame's feature back as a 2015 junior, exploding for 156-1,032-11 (6.6 YPC) rushing and 26 catches. Dynamic in space, Prosise combines 4.48 speed with explosive acceleration and lateral moves, and showed improvement as an inside runner over the course of last season. Prosise needs to clean up his pass protection and ball security (five fumbles in '15), but there is some David Johnson to his game. Behind Zeke Elliott and Derrick Henry, Prosise may have the third-highest ceiling in this year's running back class. He should start his career as the passing-down complement to Thomas Rawls.
Apr 29 - 11:04 PM

Chiefs selected Notre Dame CB KeiVarae Russell with the No. 74 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Russell (5'11/192) started three seasons for the Irish, amassing seven career tackles for loss and five interceptions. A solid-not-spectacular college player, Russell's stock received a jolt when he ran 4.49 with a 38 1/2-inch vertical and 11-foot-2 broad jump at Notre Dame's Pro Day. That was despite Russell breaking his right tibia last November. Russell's combination of adequate size and high-end athleticism make him worthy of a multi-year NFL look. He's a press-man corner with some big-league traits.
Apr 29 - 10:14 PM

Texans selected Notre Dame C Nick Martin with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Martin (6'4/299) made 37 starts for the Irish, showing the ability to play guard but mostly manning center. He is the younger brother of Cowboys RG Zack Martin. Although Nick remained a solid starter in college, his movement ability appeared to decline following a sophomore ACL tear, and Martin tested out poorly at the Combine. Martin does offer technically-sound blocking skills and enough toughness to hang around as an NFL center, probably as a low-end to mid-range starter. He should open training camp as the favorite for the starting job.
Apr 29 - 8:46 PM

Cowboys selected Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Smith (6'2/223) earned the 2015 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, finishing his three-year career with 24.5 tackles for loss as a 39-game starter. Unfortunately, Smith tore his ACL and LCL in January's Fiesta Bowl and won't be available for his rookie season. Due to nerve damage in the knee, there is concern Smith may never play again if his nerve doesn't "wake up." On game tape, Smith was an instinctive playmaker who drew comparisons to ex-49ers ILB Patrick Willis. To make good on his once-limitless promise, Smith is going to need good fortune. He was reportedly diagnosed with "drop-foot" syndrome at the Combine.
Apr 29 - 7:29 PM

Texans selected Notre Dame WR Will Fuller with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Fuller (6'0/186) spent three years at Notre Dame -- two as a starter -- capping his career with 144 catches for 2,512 yards (17.44 YPR) and 30 TDs. Fuller confirmed his blazing deep speed in Indy by running 4.32, but also showed his limitations with a disappointing 33 1/2-inch vertical while measuring in with short arms (30 3/4") and tiny hands (8 1/4"). A small, finesse burner, Fuller has a place in the NFL as a lid lifter, but his hands were an issue with 21 drops the past two seasons, and Fuller projects as a low-volume target.
Apr 28 - 10:35 PM

Ravens selected Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

After months of Laremy Tunsil hype, Stanley is the first tackle off the board. Stanley (6'6/312) made 39 starts for the Irish and earned second-team All-America honors as a senior. He has 35 5/8" arms and big hands (10 5/8"), and combines terrific foot quickness with active hands. Stanley's weaknesses are his lack of a power game and average measurable athleticism. Ultimately, Stanley projects as a day-one starter who's ready to block NFL edge rushers.
Apr 28 - 8:58 PM

FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports that the Chargers won't take Notre Dame T Ronnie Stanley at No. 3.

We'd read multiple saying Stanley might be San Diego's guy at No. 3. If that's not the case, Stanley won't fall far. The MMQB's Peter King reported the Jaguars, picking No. 5, rank him as the top T in this class. Even if Stanley gets out of the top-five, he won't be getting past Cleveland at No. 8.
Apr 28 - 3:25 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) may slip to late Rd. 3 or sometime in Rd. 4.

"He's such a great kid that somebody is going to draft him," Mayock said. "If Jaylon went with a third- or fourth-round compensatory pick, it wouldn't surprise me at all. ... I don't think anybody knows where he's going to go." ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier that Smith will be drafted before the end of Day 2. Smith will spend his rookie year on the reserve/NFI list.
Apr 28 - 3:09 PM

ESPN Nation Steelers beat reporter Jeremy Fowler predicts cryptically that Pittsburgh will "draft a playmaking offensive player somewhere in the first two to four rounds" and specifically tossed out Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise and Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard as options.

"A cornerback or defensive lineman in the first round will be a sensible pick," he wrote. "After that, the franchise will be looking for value in all areas." The Steelers are likely to take a defensive back in the first round. Recent reports have them hoping Ohio State CB Eli Apple will fall to them in that stanza.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 28 - 2:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler spoke to one team that has a second round grade on Notre Dame T Ronnie Stanley.

When Brugler told the team scout that Stanley was being projected as the No. 3 pick, the source responded with "god, I hope so. Pushes a better player to us." Stanley is the top tackle on the Jaguars board, per Peter King, and the favorite to be the No. 3 selection by the Chargers, per multiple reports. The second round grade from one team just shows the variance in evaluations among teams.
Apr 28 - 11:04 AM

The MMQB's Peter King reports the Jaguars rank Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley as the top T in this class.

The Jaguars won't be selecting a tackle at No. 5, but it shows where Stanley's evaluation stands compared to Laremy Tunsil's. In fact, there is plenty of buzz connecting Stanley to the Chargers at No. 3. We have loved Stanley's game for years, as he shines in pass protection. However, he is just an adequate run blocker and tested like a below average NFL athlete. "Why Stanley? Two things I heard on Wednesday: reliability on the field, and a spotless record off it," King writes.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 28 - 10:28 AM

An NFL scout says that comparisons between Notre Dame C Nick Martin and his brother, Cowboys G Zack Martin, are frivolous.

"He has been compared to his brother," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "No way, no way. Just not the same cat. But he'll play in the league, yes." Martin will likely enter as a Day 2 (Friday) pick. "Not a great athlete," said another scout. "Great leader. Just an average guard." The 6-foot-4, 299-pounder managed 28 reps on the bench press at the Combine. "He's athletically pretty ordinary," a third scout said. "Plays a little straight-legged. Against quick guys he'll struggle a little. But he's got an NFL body, an NFL mind and an NFL demeanor."
Apr 27 - 2:54 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter cites sources saying Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith will be drafted before the end of round three.

"Maybe earlier," Schefter tweeted. If we were to read the tea leaves, Schefter knows one team who has guaranteed Smith a selection at the end of round three, but a team could select the talented linebacker before them. This is very positive news for Smith. Detroit, New England, Seattle and Denver all have third round compensatory selections and each are possibilities. Many have already stated Smith will redshirt the 2016 season and go from there.
Apr 27 - 9:20 AM

Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith and Clemson DE Shaq Lawson have signed deals as brand ambassadors for New Era.

It isn't surprising that Lawson locked up a shoe deal, but props to Smith for inking one as well. He is very unlikely to play in 2016 due to the knee injury and possible nerve damage suffered against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Looks like New Era is banking on Smith to return to form in 2017. One scout recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he "wouldn't touch a kid like that" (both because of the knee and because, in the scout's opinion, he's "not the brightest cookie in the room"), but many analysts had Smith tabbed as a top-10 pick or even top-5 pick prior to his devastating injury.
Apr 26 - 8:15 PM

NFL Network's Mike Silver has heard that the Chargers may consider Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley at No. 3 overall.

Stanley is making a hard late charge up boards, according to numerous plugged-in reports like Silver and SI's Peter King. If those reports are to be believed, Stanley just may overtake Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil by Thursday to become the first tackle picked. Our money is still on Tunsil.
Apr 26 - 4:12 PM


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