Player News

Date:

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks compares Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith to retired seven-time Pro Bowler Patrick Willis.

Willis was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers drafted No. 11 overall in 2007. "Jaylon Smith is an all-time athlete, a guy you absolutely love. He's a thumper in the middle, he can run from sideline to sideline. He's very violent in his play, a guy that I believe is a three-down linebacker, very versatile. He kind of reminds me of a young Patrick Willis in terms of his ability to play in the middle of a 3-4 defense," Brooks said. "(He'll) make plays, communicate all the calls, and do all the things you look for from that position. A natural leader. He's a guy that I think is going to be a star. If not for the injury, I think we're talking about a top-five talent." Smith tore his ACL and LCL in the Fiesta Bowl. His 2016 season is currently in question, though his rehab is reportedly ahead of schedule. An AFC college scouting director said last month that he believes Smith's "draft floor" is the No. 18 selection.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 11:01 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein ranks Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith No. 5 overall in the draft class.

Though Smith tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the Fiesta Bowl, Zierlein remains sky-high on him. "Smith is the rare commodity who is truly hybrid in the sense that he has the athleticism, speed and physical makeup to play any linebacker spot in either the 3­-4 or the 4-­3," he wrote. "Smith was productive but slightly miscast in the middle of the Notre Dame defense and is better suited to play in space as a 4­-3 outside linebacker. However, his length and upfield burst could draw the attention of a 3-­4 team looking to transition him into a rush linebacker while utilizing his rare cover skills." Both he and a former AFC defensive coach compare Smith to Derrick Johnson. "He reminds me so much of DJ (Derrick Johnson) when he came out," said the coach. "Same frame, same speed and same playmaking ability. Both of those guys are made for the pro game."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:17 PM

Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's goal for the NFL Combine on Feb. 25 is to walk without crutches.

Smith is diligently rehabbing the torn ACL and LCL he suffered in his left knee at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 (Smith underwent surgery Jan. 7). Set to report to the combine nearly eight weeks after the injury, a timetable that allows most people who suffered a similar injury to bear weight. "He’s looking really good," a source told 247 Sports last week. "We fully anticipate that when he gets to the combine and people see him, they’re going to be pretty impressed. (The specialists) are just flabbergasted at his recovery right now. They said people typically don’t recover like this. The one thing they’re really blown away by is how good his leg looks." It's too early to guess at when Smith will play in his first NFL game.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 12 - 8:03 PM

Notre Dame junior WR Corey Robinson was voted the student-body president.

Said Robinson, "It feels very humbling to be able to be announced the president and vice president of Notre Dame." He and VP Rebecca Blais won out over two other tickets. Over the summer, NFL Media rated the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder one of "college football's smartest players," so the Irish kiddies should be in good hands here. On the football field, Robinson caught 16 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers could receive a bump next season, given that Notre Dame is looking to replace the production of wideouts William Fuller and Chris Brown.
Feb 11 - 7:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock compared Notre Dame WR Will Fuller to Marvin Harrison.

This is quite a comparison for a player Rotoworld does not consider a first-round prospect. To be fair, Fuller is only Mayock's No. 5-rated receiver in the class, so he isn't exactly saying that Fuller is Harrison, but rather that they share many commonalities. For instance, Fuller and Harrison share 6-foot, 185-pound frames. Harrison, recently announced as part of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, was the No. 4 receiver selected in 1996 behind Keyshawn Johnson, Terry Glenn and Eddie Kennison.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 2:29 PM

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


Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    Norris on QB Carson Wentz

    Norris on QB Carson Wentz
  •  
    Norris on KSU G Cody Whitehair

    Norris on KSU G Cody Whitehair
  •  
    QB Targets: Wild Card Round

    QB Targets: Wild Card Round
  •  
    DPS: Generational Shift at QB

    DPS: Generational Shift at QB
  •  
    RB Targets: Divisional Round

    RB Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    WR Targets: Divisional Round

    WR Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    QB Targets: Divisional Round

    QB Targets: Divisional Round
  •  
    TE Targets: Divisional Round

    TE Targets: Divisional Round