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Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Notre Dame senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams "is definitely a next level prospect who should seek a waiver for a special supplemental draft by the NFL."

"It will be interesting to see what, if anything, becomes of Ishaq Williams. I graded him as a potential middle round pick after the 2013 campaign but the defensive lineman/outside linebacker was suspended by Notre Dame in 2014 and most recently was denied his request to play this season by the NCAA," Pauline wrote. Unfortunately for Williams, he was involved in last season's academic fraud investigation. This will be the second straight season that Williams will miss. In three seasons, the 6-foot-5, 271-pound Williams played in 35 games, with one start. Williams has recorded 45 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble.
Sep 1 - 3:56 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that he "do[es] not believe [Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day is] a great pro-prospect."

"[Day]’s mainly a hustle defender but measures under [6-foot-1, 280 pounds] and is a scheme specific prospect with limitations," wrote Pauline. A knee injury limited the then-junior in the final three games of 2014, though that doesn't completely explain why he finished the season with just one sack and 7.5 TFL. He's a bit light for a defensive tackle and a bit short for a defensive end, but offers a nice motor and football intelligence. Pauline simply sees him as more of a college player than an NFL one. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown has listed Day as the No. 8 defensive tackle prospect in the country.
Aug 31 - 8:14 PM

Notre Dame junior S Max Redfield "comes with a large upside," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"[Redfield] flashed skill last season as a complete secondary prospect," wrote Pauline. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound junior recorded 68 tackles during the season, though he also hit HC Brian Kelly's doghouse in the middle of the Irish's late-season collapse in 2014. Redfield bounced back with 14 tackles in the Music City Bowl against LSU to close out the season and if the former five-star recruit can find a consistent level of play in coverage, he has the potential to explode as a prospect. Earlier this summer, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown said that the safety is "on the verge of stardom."
Aug 31 - 6:38 PM

According to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, Notre Dame redshirt junior CB KeiVarae Russell was "a shutdown cornerback with tremendous ball skills" during his 2013 season.

Pauline graded Russell out as a potential third-round selection, but he could only base that on film he saw of the 2013 season. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound redshirt junior was suspended for the 2014 season due to academic issues, before being cleared by the NCAA earlier this August. For his Fighting Irish career, he was a full-time starter as a freshman and sophomore, covering 26 games. Draft experts love his length and footwork, though it wouldn't be surprising if he needed a few games to truly hit the swing of things given the long layoff.
Aug 31 - 5:11 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire's ability to throw the deep ball "is amazing."

Strong specifically watched film of the Music City Bowl, which saw Zaire complete 12-of-15 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown while rushing 22 time for 96 yards on the ground against LSU. He noted that "[Zaire]'s deep throw is amazing where he gets the ball and he hangs it out there and he can throw it a long ways. He’s a runner that can beat you with his speed and he can throw the ball very well." The 6-foot-1, 208-pound redshirt sophomore is a potential breakout candidate with the Fighting Irish this season. Notre Dame opens against Texas on Saturday.
Aug 31 - 3:47 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "offers terrific size and strength," but sees "a lot of stiffness and some struggles in pass protection."

"Though I like Ronnie Stanley I’m not in love with his game compared to others," Pauline writes. Rotoworld's own Josh Norris, mocked Stanley No. 3 in his first 2016 draft exercise and ranks Stanley as the top OL on his board. The Irish lineman started 13 games last season at left tackle, while logging in 13 career starts at right tackle, as a sophomore.
Aug 31 - 3:03 PM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith "looks and plays the part of a top 15 choice," according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"He’s an explosive linebacker who displays terrific athleticism on the field and is very effective in space, playing in coverage or chasing in pursuit. He could brush up his instincts but Smith offers tremendous upside," Pauline writes. Last season the Irish defender lead the team in total tackles (112), solo tackles (65) and tackles for loss, with nine. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Smith to former 49ers great Patrick Willis.
Aug 31 - 2:41 PM

Senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams' appeal to play for Notre Dame this season was denied by the NCAA.

Williams was involved in last season's academic fraud investigation. At least one of the other players involved was cleared for the season, but Williams was not. It is unclear if Williams will try to play at a different level other than the FBS in 2015, or if he will sit out a second straight year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
Aug 27 - 7:27 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB Malik Zaire was only pressured on six of his 40 dropbacks in 2014.

As our friends at CFB Film Room say, Zaire's success under pressure is a big unknown. On those six snaps, Zaire completed 2 of 4 attempts, scrambled once and took one sack. Brian Kelly expressed his frustration with former starter Everett Golson on a number of occasions, mainly for his willingness to turn the ball over. Kelly could stress efficiency with Zaire.
Aug 22 - 8:56 AM

Notre Dame junior LB Jaylon Smith notes that he models his game after Patrick Willis, Von Miller, Derrick Thomas, and Lawrence Taylor.

"I really look up to Patrick Willis, to Von Miller, Derrick Thomas, Lawrence Taylor -- those freaks that can rush off the edge," Smith told FOX Sports. "I watch those guys every day and model my game after them." Last season, the 6-foot-3, 241-pound Smith lead the team in total tackles (112) and posted nine tackles for loss. Smith earned Notre Dame Defensive Player of the Year honors and was a finalist for the Butkus Award after a monster season. The Notre Dame prospect is the first Irish sophomore to record 100 tackles in a season since Manti Te'o, when he recorded 133 tackles in 2010.
Source: FOX Sports
Aug 20 - 3:04 PM

Notre Dame freshman CB Shaun Crawford will miss the season after tearing his ACL during Wednesday's practice.

KeiVarae Russell just returned for the Fighting Irish after missing last season, but now one of their top recruits at the same position goes down with an injury. Notre Dame has a lot of offensive talent, but their defense has taken a few hits during preseason camp.
Aug 20 - 10:50 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior DL Jarron Jones tweeted that his MCL surgery "went well."

Jones expressed gratitude for the support of the public and Notre Dame fans, in particular. He tore his MCL earlier this summer. The injury is tough, as the 6-foot-5, 315-pound redshirt junior was expected to be one of the Irish's best defensive weapons this season. This is the second major injury he's suffered in under a calendar year, as he was sidelined with a Lisfranc injury last November.
Aug 18 - 7:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley "is very technically sound in both the run and pass game," notes NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Stanley clocked in at No. 16 on NFL.com's list of the Top-20 players in college football. Their draft analyst team uniformly loves him, with Charles Davis praising the 6-foot-5, 318-pounder's size and agility before stating that Stanley can "dance with the best pass rushers in the nation." According to analyst Lance Zierlein, the offensive lineman needs to improve as a run-blocker, but even Zierlein said that might be "nit-picking a little." Stanley allowed just one sack a year ago, best for any of the Fighting Irish offensive linemen.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 18 - 4:53 PM

Irish HC Brian Kelly notes that Notre Dame redshirt junior T Ronnie Stanley is "physically" and "athletically" off the charts for his size.

The Notre Dame prospect started 13 games last season at left tackle, and as a sophomore, had 13 career starts at right tackle. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Stanley recorded 16 knockdown blocks, giving up just one sack, which was the fewest of any Notre Dame offensive lineman. Our own Josh Norris, mocked Stanley No. 3 in his first 2016 draft exercise and ranks Stanley as the top OL on the board.
Aug 18 - 3:43 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior CB KeiVarae Russell is "fully cleared by the NCAA" and back with the program, Irish head coach Brian Kelly stated.

The Notre Dame prospect was suspended for the whole 2014 season due to academic issues. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Russell has 26 starts under his belt, as he was a full-time starter as a sophomore and freshman. The Irish now start the season, with one of their best cornerbacks back in the lineup.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 18 - 2:58 PM


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