CBS Sports' 2016 NFL mock draft includes three ND players

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

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CBS Sports' Dane Brugler published a 2016 NFL first round mock draft on Monday, and three Notre Dame players made the list: offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley at No. 2, linebacker Jaylon Smith at No. 15 and wide receiver Corey Robinson at No. 23.

Stanley – a 6-foot-6, 315-pound senior from Las Vegas – has started 26 consecutive games on the Irish’s offensive line. He flipped to left tackle last season after starting at right tackle in 2013. Stanley, a Bishop Gorman High School alum, opted to return for his senior season and forego an early round selection in this year’s draft.

Both Smith and Robinson would have to take a different path than Stanley to appear in the 2016 NFL Draft. A 6-2, 235-pound junior, Smith has racked up 179 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss in his two seasons at Notre Dame, while starting all 26 games. Robinson, also a junior, has started just five games in his two seasons, catching 49 passes for 696 yards and six scores.

Smith and Robinson would have to forego their senior seasons in South Bend to become eligible for the 2016 draft.

Five Ohio State players appeared in Brugler’s first round mock draft, more than any other school.

Notre Dame left offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley and the Irish offensive line figure prominently into ND's clash with Arizona State Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)