Four Notre Dame players featured in list of NFL Draft prospects

IRISH STEW

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

The NFL Draft could be overwhelmingly Irish.

NFL.com media analyst Daniel Jeremiah included four Notre Dame players in his list of the top 50 2016 NFL Draft prospects, which was published on Monday. The group was led by junior linebacker Jaylon Smith, who was slotted at No. 9 — also his jersey number — despite tearing his left ACL and MCL in the season-ending Fiesta Bowl loss on New Year's Day.

Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (No. 15), defensive tackle Sheldon Day (No. 44) and wide receiver Will Fuller (No. 45) were also represented on the list. Smith, Stanley and Fuller each turned down a final season of collegiate eligibility to declare for the draft.

Smith led Notre Dame in tackles (109) for the second consecutive season in 2015, adding nine tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception. Fuller scored a team-high 14 receiving touchdowns, while Day led the Irish with 15.5 tackles for loss.

Ohio State had seven players in the top 50, more than any other program.

The NFL Draft will take place on April 28-30 in Chicago. 

The Irish coaches feel Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith (9) must do more than lead by example. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)