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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Notre Dame NFL Draft Predictions

Well the NFL draft is almost here.  The scouting combine is over.  Notre Dame’s pro-day is here and vanished like Aaron Lynch.   Of course the media hype and speculation has gone off the meter as usual.  An event that at one time was not even televised is now a three-day love fest for the fans.  In 1970 there were 17 rounds, 26 teams and 442 players drafted.  In 2011 there are 7 rounds, 32 teams and 254 players drafted.  The owners of course over the years cut the size of their teams and thus a less number of replacement players are needed.  Plus it got just too darn expensive for the owners and player salaries were eating profits.
Who'd of thought Jimmy Clausen would be so far down the depth chart he did not even dress out for most of the 2010 season with the Panthers. 
How about Brady Quinn?  The Browns fed him to the wolves, traded him to the Broncos where he never played and is now trying to catch on with the Chiefs.
So time for the staff at Subway Alumni Station to fish or cut bait.  Here are our predictions on being drafted and which round.
The following Irish players were invited to the Scout Combine in Indianapolis:
Robert Blanton – S      4th round
Taylor Dever – OT      Undrafted (Free Agent Selection)
Darius Fleming – DB   7th round
Michael Floyd – WR    1st round
Jonas Gray – RB          Undrafted (Free Agent Selection)
Harrison Smith – S       2nd round
The following Irish seniors were not invited to the Scout Combine in Indianapolis:
Gary Gray – CB           Undrafted
Ethan Johnson – DE    Undrafted
Trevor Robinson – G   Undrafted (Free Agent Selection)
David Ruffer – K        Undrafted (Free Agent Selection)
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Tulsa Irish said...

I'm excited to see where Floyd & Harrison Smith go. Those two deserve to be first round picks. The rest of the draft doesn't hold much interest for me- I'll catch up on it afterwards, but I will be anxiously awaiting to see where those two guys go.

Subway Alumni said...

Tulsa Irish:

I was a bit surprised that Smith went in the first round. Good for him. I know some thought he was first round material in a weak safety class.

I normally root for the Red Skins or the Bucs, however neither team has a Notre Dame player on the roster (so far).

I may start pulling for the Vikings since they now have Smith, Ruldolph, Sullivan and Carlson.

Subway Alumni