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  1. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  2. Kelly submits NFL evaluations for Tuitt, Niklas and Atkinson

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    When catching up with the local media over the weekend, Brian Kelly revealed that he asked the NFL’s advisory committee for evaluations of three juniors: defensive end Stephon Tuitt, tight end Troy Niklas and running back George Atkinson. The deadline to enter the NFL Draft is January 15.  That Tuitt would receive an evaluation is a…

  3. Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming selected in fifth round of NFL Draft

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Two more former Irish players had their names called in the NFL Draft today, with Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming getting selected in the fifth round of the draft. That makes four players selected from the 2011 squad, joining first-round picks Michael Floyd (#13) and Harrison Smith (#29). Blanton went with the 139th overall pick…

  4. Michael Floyd selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

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    There won’t be a familiar Notre Dame slide down any draft boards this year. Former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals, the second wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft. After deciding to come back to school for his senior season, Floyd was rewarded by the Cardinals and…

  5. Johnson not ready to give up on football dreams yet

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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    The very best college football has to offer will gather tomorrow night in Radio City Music Hall, waiting to hear their names announced during the opening round of the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, former Irish defensive end Ethan Johnson will be a thousand miles away, hopefully making up for lost time. For a player that spent…

  6. Floyd sprints his way up NFL draft boards

    Feb 26, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    There was one major question NFL teams had about Notre Dame star receiver Michael Floyd: Just how fast was he? After four seasons of dominating play at Notre Dame using his raw physical abilities, the NFL Scouting Combine offered the Irish’s all-time leading receiver the opportunity to show off his speed, the one remaining on-the-field…

  7. NFL Ready? Irish players still aren’t there

    May 3, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

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    With the heart of the NFL draft set for Saturday, a handful of Irish prospects waited to hear their names called. But as rounds four through seven slid by, no Irish players were drafted after the Vikings selected Kyle Rudolph in the second round on Friday. Seven rounds, and only one player from Notre Dame…

  8. Pro Day highlights Rudolph, Williams and Walls

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Darrin Walls

    We talked more about the NFL Draft last offseason when the Irish had Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate in the running for first round contention. But today a crop of Irish seniors worked out for NFL scouts, headlined by tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is fighting to be a first round draft pick as he…

  9. Rudolph says goodbye to Notre Dame

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Rudolph

    Already away from campus preparing himself for the poking and prodding that is sure to come in the next few months before April’s NFL Draft, Kyle Rudolph took the time to say goodbye to the student body of Notre Dame in a letter to the editor in today’s Observer. Here’s what he wrote: To my…

  10. Floyd returns: How Brian Kelly brought back his star receiver

    Jan 12, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Apologies to Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, and Ishaq Williams, but the Irish coaching staff landed their biggest recruit of the offseason with Michael Floyd’s return to Notre Dame for his senior season. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation, a plan to have Floyd graduate next December, and a detailed focus on how he’ll be used in…

  11. Floyd decision coming tomorrow

    Jan 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    After meeting with head coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd will sleep on his options before informing his head coach whether or not he’ll come back to school for his senior season. Notre Dame’s record-setting junior returned to South Bend this morning and met with Brian Kelly this afternoon to discuss his…

  12. Floyd’s decision yet to be made

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    And with this tweet, we’re off to the races. John Walters kick-started the inevitable news on the decision that Michael Floyd needs to make before the 15th of the month, the day early-entrants are required to declare for the NFL Draft. While Walters’ source claims an announcement is happening tomorrow, that’s highly unlikely with Floyd…

  13. It’s official: Rudolph gone after three seasons

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Our original scoop last night has been confirmed this morning by Notre Dame: Kyle Rudolph is forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame and heading to the NFL. “I truly feel blessed for the last three years of my life at Notre Dame,” Rudolph said in a statement released by the university. “It has been…

  14. Sources: Rudolph opting for NFL

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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    It appears that Kyle Rudolph has played his last game for the University of Notre Dame. According to two sources, Rudolph will forgo his senior season for the Irish and opt into next Spring’s NFL Draft. A preseason All-American candidate before the year started, Rudolph’s final year at Notre Dame didn’t go according to plan,…

  15. Floyd’s NFL decision not so cut and dry

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Michael-Floyd

    It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. From the first Saturday Michael Floyd stepped on the field at Notre Dame, he looked the part of an NFL wide receiver. Whether it was the freshman records he set in touchdowns, receptions and yards, the pure ball skills that make him a red zone match-up nightmare,…

  16. Kelly adds Floyd and Rudolph to his recruiting list

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly addressed the media as he discussed the Irish schedule heading into their December 31st date with the Miami Hurricanes in El Paso. We’ve got plenty of time to discuss some of the intricacies of the bowl preparation, but one comment should likely steal most of the attention from today. After avoiding the topic…

  17. SI.com names Floyd and Rudolph among Top 10 WR/TEs

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    It’s not entirely surprising that preseason All-Americans Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph were listed in a 2011 NFL Draft list, but SI.com has Floyd rated No. 8 in the country and Rudolph No. 10 among the 2011 NFL Draft’s top wide receivers and tight ends. In order, here’s the list in its entirety, along with…

  18. Rudolph recovery on target, no decision made on NFL

    Nov 8, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    One thing is certain, Kyle Rudolph’s season with the Fighting Irish is over. Whether or not his career at Notre Dame is finished, that hasn’t been decided. Rudolph caught up with his hometown Cincinnati Inquirer, discussing the surgery to repair his hamstring as well as the decision he’ll have to make as the NFL Draft…

  19. Kelly continues to embrace the role of ambassador

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Before even getting hired as the head coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly compared the high-profile position to that of a city mayor. It’s not a surprise that with Kelly’s background in politics, he’s taken to his new job quite well. Kelly hit the court at halftime of the Irish women’s basketball game against UConn,…

  20. Weekend recap: Tate blazes, Clausen set for Pro Day

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    As the Olympics close, and American hockey fans everywhere but Pittsburgh curse Sidney Crosby, let’s catch up on an eventful weekend for a few former members of the Irish. * Any questions about Golden Tate’s speed were answered today, as the Biletnikoff winner blazed times that were measured as fast as a 4.36 (but officially…

  21. What to make of the combine

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    The big news of the day is that Notre Dame football players Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy, Eric Olsen, Golden Tate, and Sam Young are in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which starts today. Draftniks and people like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will talk about the importance of the Combine and give stock…