Notre Dame TE Ben Koyack drafted by Jacksonville in seventh round

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Better late than never.

On Saturday, tight end Ben Koyack was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft with the 229th overall pick, breaking a streak of five consecutive Irish starting tight ends that were taken in the first two rounds. The 229th overall pick is the latest Notre Dame has made its debut in any NFL Draft.

Koyack was the 16th tight end taken, including hybrid tight end/wide receiver Devin Funchess.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Koyack had 44 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns in his four-year Notre Dame career. He notched career-highs in catches and receiving yards in 2014, finishing with 30 catches for 317 yards and a pair of scores.

A native of Oil City, Pa., Koyack appeared on the Mackey Award Watch List in both 2013 and 2014. Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Koyack was listed as a five-star prospect and the top tight end in the 2011 signing class by

Koyack was the only Notre Dame player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who was dismissed from the team for academic dishonesty prior to the 2014 season, signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet.

Congrats to my dude @koymonster . Wake them em' bro! ✊

— Kendall Moore (@K_Moore8) May 2, 2015//

Proud of my guy @koymonster

— Jarron Jones™ (@Who_GotJones94) May 2, 2015//

Congrats @koymonster proud of you! Looking forward to watching you ball out in Jacksonville TE U! WHO'S NEXT?!?!

— Scott Booker (@CoachSBooker) May 2, 2015//

Congrats to my boy @koymonster on getting drafted to the Jags! #TightEndU

— Chase Hounshell (@chasehounshell) May 2, 2015//

Congrats to my bro @koymonster on getting drafted!! All the hard work paying off

— Corey Robinson (@CoreyRobinson13) May 2, 2015//

Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack, right, makes a game-winning touchdown catch next to Stanford's Jordan Richards late in the Oct. 4 at Notre Dame Stadium. (SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)