Notre Dame will have 16 former Irish football players returning to campus to take part in their Pro Day on March 31. After having the second-most players in Indianapolis at the annual NFL Scouting combine, expect the NFL to descend on South Bend as the Irish have a handful of prospects capable of being early-round selections.
As mentioned last week, Everett Golson will be back in South Bend, with Notre Dame confirming the former Irish quarterback will throw to his old teammates in his most important audition for NFL teams. Golson played out his eligibility for Florida State but wasn’t invited to the combine.
Also returning to campus is former Irish safety Eilar Hardy. Hardy started 13 games for Bowling Green last season, finishing fourth on the team with 82 tackles while also chipping in two interceptions.
Here’s the entire list of participants:
Of note, Chris Brown was a late scratch at the combine, choosing not to test. He’s likely to put together some very impressive numbers to go along with a very solid senior season. KeiVarae Russell will also test for the first time, sitting out in Indianapolis as his broken leg and stress fracture continued to heal. Both expect to open some eyes.
Amir Carlisle, Matthias Farley and Jarrett Grace will also get their first chance to impress an NFL team. Farley has been training with former Irish linebacker Kerry Neal in Chicago, working alongside C.J. Prosise and Brown to prep. Expect to see a leaned down Farley, who played last season at 210 pounds but will likely be closer to 190 by the end of the month. We’ll get to see Ishaq Williams on a football field again as well, the former Irish defensive end hoping to resurrect his football career after two seasons away.
Pro Day will also likely be an important time for Jaylon Smith. After NFL teams examined Smith in Indianapolis, they’ll come back roughly six weeks later to see the progress he’s made.