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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Notre Dame and Leaving Early for the NFL

It appears 73 college underclassmen have declared for the NFL draft and will be leaving school early.  The 73 is up from 65 last year and 56 in 2011.  Sign of the times or economy or both?  Just another example of the lure of big bucks and what a business college football has become?
How does this affect the Irish?  In two ways.

1.  Tyler Eifert and Cierre Wood will be part of the 2013 draft as both have now decided to forego a fourth year of eligibility.  It is noteworthy that both have been at Notre Dame for four years and did not play their freshman years.  Eifert graduated in December and Wood’s academic status is unknown.  We have stated previously that Wood is making a mistake however he has a daughter to provide for and is looking to the short term.  We hope he gets invited to the NFL Combine and can get drafted or at least picked up as a unrestricted free agent.
2.  The early declarations will also slightly affect the 2013 schedule.

Michigan State lost 3
RB Le'Veon Bell -- This guy always seemed to be in Notre Dame's defensive backfield carrying the football.
DE William Gholston -- This guy always seemed to be in Notre Dame's offensive backfield tackling someone who had the football.
TE Dion Sims
Stanford lost 3
TE Levine Toilolo -- This guy is good. 
TE Zach Ertz -- So is this tight end.
CB Terrence Brown
Oklahoma lost 3
S Tony Jefferson

LB Tom Wort

WR Kenny Stills
Southern Cal lost 2

WR Robert Woods -- Nonfactor this year against the Irish, no so in 2011or 2010.

CB Nickell Robey
Now this is unheard of, LSU is losing 10 underclassmen to the draft.  Talk about a football factory.  Will Les Miles be able to reload?  Does he have gray-shirts waiting in the wings?  Guess the graduation rate at LSU is nothing to brag about.
We want to be the first to say it.....
Go Irish.  Beat Temple.

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