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Vikings signed Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels.

Daniels (6'2/201) appeared to be a promising prospect at Notre Dame when he posted an 80-1,235-7 receiving line between his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons. He missed all of 2014 due to an academic cheating scandal, but still turned pro. Daniels flashed vertical tools and physical run-after-catch ability on college tape, and ripped up the Irish Pro Day with a 4.53 forty, 39 1/2-inch vertical, and 11-foot-1 broad jump. The son of ex-Redskins DE Phillip Daniels, DaVaris could make NFL noise if he keeps his head on straight.
May 3 - 3:49 PM

Jaguars selected Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack with the No. 229 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Koyack (6'5/255) succeeded Tyler Eifert and Troy Niklas as the go-to tight end at Notre Dame, racking up 44 career catches for 532 yards (12.1 YPR) and five TDs. He ran 4.76/4.82 at the Irish Pro Day, adding a 30-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although not a dynamic athlete, Koyack is a competitive blocker with huge hands (10 3/4") and natural short-area receiving skills. Koyack projects as an in-line tight end who could be a functional short-term starter, but is best suited as a higher-end No. 2.
May 2 - 5:38 PM

Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack is "moving North on boards," reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Teams feel he was misused at Notre Dame and feel its just a matter of getting Koyack to play to his size/speed numbers," Pauline wrote. Koyack had only 30 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns last season. At his pro day, the 6-foot-4 7/8, 257-pounder (10 7/8 inch hands) ran the forty in 4.76 and 4.82 seconds.
Apr 28 - 9:52 PM

Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels' pro day workout "sent his stock in the wrong direction," according to NFL Media.

"Daniels served a suspension for academic dishonesty during the 2014 season, so there was plenty of interest in how he would fare at the Irish's pro day," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Although he looked pretty athletic, his speed wasn't all that impressive (he ran in the 4.5 range in the 40) and he didn't look real sharp during drills." The 6-foot-1 7/8, 195-pounder had a 39 1/2-inch vertical, a 11-1 broad jump, a short shuttle of 4.35 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.81 seconds.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 1:24 PM

Notre Dame WR DaVaris Daniels ran identical forties of 4.53 and 4.53 seconds at his pro day.

We haven't heard much from Daniels since he declared for the draft in January. Phillip's son (former NFL defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins) recorded 49 catches for 745 yards and seven scores in 2013 and was suspended last year as part of an academic scandal. The 6-foot-1 7/8, 195-pounder had a 39 1/2-inch vertical, a 11-1 broad jump, a short shuttle of 4.35 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.81 seconds. "His workout was OK," wrote NFL.com's Gil Brandt. "He didn't look real sharp going through any of the drills, but he does have athletic ability."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 6:04 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt pegs Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack as a Day 3 (Rds. 4-7) pick.

"He's described as a player that has some ability and will probably be a third-day (Rounds 4-7) pick," so the reader might infer that Brandt is passing along the opinion of a source within the league. At his pro day last week, the 6-foot-4 7/8, 257-pounder (10 7/8 inch hands) ran the forty in 4.76 and 4.82 seconds. Koyack added a 30-inch vertical, a 9-foot-8 broad jump, a short shuttle time of 4.52 seconds and a three-cone drill time of 7.32 seconds. He hoisted 16 reps on the bench press.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 2:34 PM

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti mentioned TE as a major need on Wednesday.

"We absolutely need a tight end. We don't absolutely need a WR," Bisciotti said. It is that time of year to question everything you read. The team's top receiving target is an aging Steve Smith, and they lack a vertical threat in an offense that relies on one. Bisciotti did add the team is more likely to address tight end in the third and fourth-rounds.
Apr 2 - 9:12 AM

Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack's "college production belies his pro potential," believes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Koyack was named to the 2014 FBS All-Independent Team after posting 30 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Zierlein compares Koyack to Luke Wilson. "Underutilized in the passing game while at Notre Dame," Zierlein wrote. "Strong understanding and execution as a run blocker with the physical traits to be a tough matchup in the passing game. Still raw as a receiver and will need more individual work with a position coach on the next level. College production belies his pro potential." The 6-foot-5, 261-pound Koyack checks in as Zierlein's No. 8 TE in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 21 - 4:29 PM

Notre Dame graduate senior OL Matt Hegarty will take an official visit to Florida State this weekend.

Hegarty will transfer. As a graduate, he's eligible to play immediately in 2015. He would apparently be a frontrunner to replace Cameron Erving at center for the Noles. The tough-as-nails Hegarty overcame a stroke in 2012 to start 11 of 13 games for the Irish at center and guard in 2014. He's a former four-star recruit.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 19 - 7:05 PM

Notre Dame senior Nick Martin is moving to C for his final year.

Martin, Zack's brother, played at guard last season. The school's starting center from last season, Matt Hegarty, announced he would transfer for the 2015 season, and Martin does have experience at the anchor position. Between Martin and Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame has two of the top offensive line prospects for the 2016 class.
Mar 17 - 12:20 PM

Notre Dame graduate senior OL Matt Hegarty will transfer for the 2015 season.

Hegarty overcame a stroke in 2012 to start 11 of 13 games at center and guard in 2014. "Recently my coaches informed me that they wanted me to change positions," Hegarty said, adding coaches wanted to use more of a rotation along the line. Hegarty likely wants to transfer to a secure starting spot.
Source: ESPN
Mar 4 - 1:08 PM

Cal graduate S Avery Sebastian will transfer to Notre Dame for his final season.

Sebastian started six games while at Cal. Sebastian was injured in back to back months in 2013 and missed the majority of the season.
Feb 18 - 11:29 AM

Notre Dame has added Mike Sanford from Boise State as the school's next OC and QBs coach.

"Sanford is the type of candidate that could ultimately be a successor to Kelly down the road," Steve Wiltfong writes. Sanford, a Boise State graduate from 2005, is one of the up and coming coaches and recently interviewed with Ohio State and Oregon State. He has also spent time at Stanford, Yale and Western Kentucky.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 11 - 12:46 PM

Notre Dame OC Mike Denbrock turned down the Central Michigan head coaching job, according to Keith Arnold.

Denbrock chose to stay with Brian Kelly rather than lead a program, which likely sheds a light on his faith in the Notre Dame program and Kelly. Denbrock just turned 51 and missed the first few weeks of preseason camp in 2014 after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure.
Feb 10 - 9:54 AM

ESPN's RecruitingNation compares Notre Dame commit WR Equanimeous St. Brown to former Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews.

"We see similar opportunistic play, frame upside, strong hands, deceptive explosion and instincts as a receiver that Matthews showed out of high school," wrote Tom Luginbill and Erik McKinney. St. Brown's father is former Mr. Universe John Brown. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder picked the Irish over Stanford, UCLA, USC and Utah. "St. Brown has excellent frame development upside but also has the intangibles at the position that should allow him to make a smooth transition to the college level," noted ESPN. "Physically he is ready to step in and play. He could be a significant red zone weapon because he is a mismatch for smaller defensive backs."
Feb 8 - 6:57 PM


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