Part of Notre Dame's pitch for senior DL Sheldon Day to return was to help improve his explosiveness.
Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin is a "rock-solid, reliable player," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown, Notre Dame redshirt junior DB KeiVarae Russell "was projected to be one of the top cornerbacks in the country last year, and now he'll try to reclaim the hype as he rejoins the team in the second year under aggressive defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder."
Notre Dame redshirt sophomore RB Greg Bryant has been suspended for four games for a violation of team rules, according to Tom Loy.
Notre Dame junior S Max Redfield "has a chance to become a steady performer and possibly a star," posits Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "doesn't always bring his feet up under him as a run blocker, which causes him to fall off of some blocks," notes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.
Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith reminds NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah of Patrick Willis.
Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith "is a rangy, explosive linebacker with instincts in coverage, making him a valuable, versatile weapon for defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter writes that Notre Dame senior C Nick Martin "brings versatility along with the family toughness, as he moves between center and guard without an issue."
Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "might have limited suitors in the NFL," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, "but he could be an excellent pass rusher in a one-gap scheme."
Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "likely [would have] been a top-20 pick" had he entered May's draft, writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith's game against Stanford "a teaching tape."
Sports on Earth's Matt Brown writes that Notre Dame junior WR William Fuller is "a terrific big-play threat with explosiveness after the catch."
NFL Media ranks Notre Dame junior WR Corey Robinson No. 3 on its list of "College football's smartest players."
Notre Dame redshirt freshman defensive end Jhonny Williams will transfer.