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NFL Draft: Tracking where experts think Irish players get picked

May 8, 2014, 1:26 PM EST

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Today is the day.

Months of mock drafts will hit the cyber-recycling bin. Endless hours of debate and discussion about the virtual rise and fall of college football players who haven’t taken a snap in almost five months ends tonight.

For Notre Dame, three former players will be sitting on edge, hoping to hear their names called during tonight’s prime time first round. For seven other players, their professional careers will likely start by the end of the weekend, with the Irish in line to have one of their most prolific draft classes in decades.

Most experts think the Irish will have seven players selected, with Martin the first off the board and Prince Shembo the last. So while Dan Fox, Bennett Jackson, Carlo Calabrese and Tommy Rees will get a shot as undrafted free agents, let’s run through the various mock drafts and see where the experts have Irish players pegged.

Our experts:

*Will default to NFL.com’s rankings as Mayock didn’t mock entire draft.
** Will default to ESPN Insider rankings as Kiper/McShay didn’t mock the entire draft.

ZACK MARTIN

Kiper: First Round (15th overall) to Pittsburgh Steelers
McShay: First Round (16th overall) to Dallas Cowboys
Mayock: First Round (9th overall) to Buffalo Bills
Schrager: First Round (12th overall) to New York Giants
Miller: First Round (17th overall) to Baltimore Ravens

LOUIS NIX

Kiper: Second Round (49th overall)
McShay: Second Round (36th overall)
Mayock: Second Round (36th overall)
Shrager: Second Round (38th overall)
Miller: Second Round (47th overall)

STEPHON TUITT

Kiper: First Round (32nd overall) to Seattle Seahawks
McShay: First Round (29th overall) to New England Patriots
Mayock: First Round (30th overall) to San Francisco 49ers
Schrager: Second Round (51st overall) to Chicago Bears
Miller: Third Round (99th overall) to Baltimore Ravens

TROY NIKLAS

Kiper: Third Round (68th overall)
McShay: Second Round (59th overall)
Mayock: Second Round (58th overall)
Shrager: Third Round (100th overall)
Miller: Second Round (62nd overall)

CHRIS WATT

McShay: 163rd overall
NFL: Round 3-4
Shrager: Sixth Round (200th overall)
Miller: Fourth Round (132nd overall)

TJ JONES

McShay: 169th overall
NFL: Round 4-5
Shrager: Sixth Round (215th overall)
Miller: Fifth Round (165th overall)

PRINCE SHEMBO

NFL: Round 4-5
Shrager: Sixth Round (211th overall)
Miller: Sixth Round (211th overall)

 

  1. shaunodame - May 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    I wish them all the best of luck tonight and into this weekend. Here’s to hoping that we see Tuitt Nix and Martin go off the board tonight in the First round. Also I wouldn’t mind seeing my team (NY Giants) land a few of these players overall.

    • papadec - May 9, 2014 at 3:35 AM

      As a Giants fan, I have to say – Ohhhhhhh noooooooo – Dallas. Could have been worse – Zack could have ended up in Philly. I guess I can root for the player – but not the team. Wouldn’t be the first time.

      • shaunodame - May 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I couldn’t agree more Papa :(

  2. jerseyshorendfan1 - May 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    I would love to see Zack Martin in Giant blue. Also, some team will likely get a sweet deal on Tuitt if he falls to the third round.

  3. cajunirish - May 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Would love to see Martin go 27 overall to my Saints, along with Watt in round 4-5. We need the line help, and that would be a great duo to protect Brees.

  4. fnc111 - May 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Smh at Tuitt. Waits one more year and he makes $15 million as a top 10 pick. I hope he is prepared to make only 400k with a small signing bonus.

    • nudeman - May 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Somewhat agree. If he knew he might leave early, why wasn’t he in shape? Which leads to the next question – what makes you think he’d have worked harder and been in shape next year?

      And the hernia surgery, which he had literally months before the season, is a lame excuse. Had an aversion to the weight room and totally mailed it in last year with an extra 30 lbs around his middle.

      Good luck, but ND won’t miss that type of “leadership”.

  5. ndgoose - May 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Hope my skins trade up into the first round and pick Martin. Trade Cousins and get Tuitt in the second and draft Watts in the fourth round. Wishful thinking though.

  6. fnc111 - May 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Pretty easy pick for Jerry Jones. I saw him at the ASU/ND game. He got a first hand view of the best OT in this draft.

    • danirish - May 9, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      Amen to that!

  7. irishdodger - May 8, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    I don’t see anymore Domers going in round one. I think Tuitt & Nix have been too injury prone to be drafted that high.

  8. irishwilliamsport - May 9, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Let’s face it, Tuitt, Nix and Niklas all blew it and entered this years draft and Tuitt and Niklas are entering without a ND degree. Imagine this years team with those 3 starters. They would be first round draft picks in 2015 making millions more than what their first pro contract will be now.

    I think Brian Kelly can now show the remaining players who are on the fence about entering the draft early what happened with Tyler Eiffort and Michael Floyd vs. what happened with those 3.

  9. iamgolden4life - May 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    2015 recruit, WR- Malik Lovette(Cal) has Notre Dame as his current leader along with USC and Texas A&M.

  10. papadec - May 9, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Maybe the Giants can snag Nix in the 3rd Round. That would be a nice start to my weekend.

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