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NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson as the safest prospect in the NFL Draft class.

Nelson (6'5/325) ranks near the top of many draft boards being released, and a select few have him at the top of the class. It's no surprise given his ability as a run and pass blocker that he is considered close to a sure thing. "Nelson is as close to the top of the heap as any guard has been since Hall of Famer John Hannah destroyed New England's opponents for 13 seasons," Reuter writes. "Whichever team selects Nelson in the top 10 will watch him become a perennial Pro Bowler as a nasty and athletic leader on the line."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 7:09 PM

Notre Dame will vacate 21 wins from 2012 and 2013 following the NCAA's denial of an appeal which the program filed in relation to several cases of academic misconduct.

The NCAA initially announced that they would be vacating wins from the Irish back in November of 2016. That came about after the program self-reported that a former student athletic trainer's actions had amounted to academic misconduct on behalf of a pair of football players. That same athletic trainer was additionally involved in giving impermissible academic benefits to six other players. There was also a case of one player committing academic misconduct of his own volition. Following the NCAA's denial of Notre Dame's appeal, school president John Jenkins penned a letter saying that the university is "deeply disappointed" and "strongly disagrees" with the ruling. On their own, Notre Dame moved to suspend five players for academic misconduct prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Source: ND Insider
Feb 13 - 12:53 PM

NFL.com Analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson the top interior offensive lineman in the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Nelson (6'5/325) ranks ahead of UTEP's Willy Hernandez, Georgia's Isaiah Wynn, Iowa's James Daniels, and Ohio State's Billy Price. Nelson is not just viewed as the top guards in the class, he's viewed by many as one of the best prospects, period. "Nelson is a bully at the point of attack with the size and strength to move defenders off the ball," he writes. "He overpowers defensive tackles while flashing the nasty demeanor that O-Line coaches covet in their best players." There's a real chance he won't be on the board after the first ten picks have been completed.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 7:20 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah called Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson "the best run-blocker I've ever evaluated."

Jeremiah believes that Nelson will be selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and notes that Notre Dame has coached him up perfectly during his time in South Bend and that "adjusting to the next level shouldn't be an issue." The analyst is far from alone in his esteem for the 6-foot-5, 325-pounder. NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler, for one, views him as the best prospect in the 2018 class. There's rarely a true consensus on any prospect in a draft class, but Nelson's drawing close to that. Should he not be selected within the first 10 picks, that may well only be because of how his position as a whole is viewed in terms of draft value.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 1:47 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah "put a big grade" on Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown.

Jeremiah calls St. Brown's ability to adjust to targets "outstanding," and he creates consistent separation. It was an interesting college career for St. Brown, as he posted 58 catches for 961 yards and nine touchdowns with DeShone Kizer in 2016, then just 33 catches for 515 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. Despite that minimal production, St. Brown will likely be considered a high upside prospect.
Feb 8 - 9:46 AM

NFL Media spoke with an AFC executive who projects Notre Dame T Mike McGlinchey to the right side.

The same personnel member states "Notre Dame will even tell you that." That isn't necessarily a knock on McGlinchey's value, as right tackles deal with a number of top end edge rushers. It could be as simple as McGlinchey preferring the necessary movement the right side requires including balance, hand use and pressure points. McGlinchey likely ends up as a top 50 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 8 - 9:27 AM

Notre Dame signed uncommitted four-star 2018 T Jarrett Patterson.

Patterson (6'5/285) sided with the Irish over UCLA. Both teams have been recruiting him in earnest, paying in-home visits to the tackle standout in the leadup to signing day. The 247Sports composite board sees him home as the No. 25 tackle prospect in the 2018 class, No. 369 overall.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 7 - 4:15 PM

Notre Dame signed uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Lawrence Keys III.

Notre Dame's needs at wide receiver have been well documented, and while Keys (5'10/165) doesn't completely alleviate them, it's a nice building block. The wideout was reportedly down to the Irish and LSU, and also had offers from Texas, Alabama, and SMU, to name a few. 247 Sports calls Keys a "big play receiver" who excels after the catch. It sounds like he could be a player who challenges for targets as soon as the 2018 season.
Source: NOLA.com
Feb 7 - 2:04 PM

Notre Dame signed four-star 2018 CB Noah Boykin, who had previously been verbally committed to Maryland.

Boykin decommitted from the Terps on January 24, and he chose Notre Dame over Virginia and Florida on Signing Day. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound defensive back was rated the second best player in the D.C. area, and the 34th best cornerback overall by 247 Sports. Their report indicates he could move over to safety because of his frame, but could stick at corner thansk to his ball-tracking skills and ability to press receivers.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 7 - 1:18 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Dane Brugler believes there is "no debate" who the No. 1 prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft is - Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson

A guard was tossed around as the top prospect in his respective draft when Chance Warmack and David DeCastro entered the NFL, but Nelson is seemingly viewed as nearly flawless. "Nelson has elite play strength and heavy hands to control defenders in the run game, bulldozing anything in his way," Brugler writes. Nelson would set the tone for an offensive line, and we've seen teams heavily invest in interior blockers in free agency. It is now a big money position.
Feb 7 - 9:53 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 T Jarrett Patterson will decide between UCLA and Notre Dame on signing day.

Patterson was previously considering Michigan, but it's down to the Bruins and the Fighting Irish for the rights to the 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle. He's met with both teams recently, as both coaching staffs have had in-home visits with Patterson last week. He ranks 25th on the 247 composite rankings of top tackles in the 2018 recruit rankings.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 5 - 5:01 PM

One NFC executive believes Notre Dame G Quenton Nelson is one of the best run blockers he's ever evaluated.

That same executive adds Nelson is not a liability in pass protection and will "bring an ass-kicking mindset into your position room." Nelson appears to be the unanimously loved prospect in this draft class, and it would no be a surprise to see him ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by some evaluators. The debate on the importance of interior linemen might pop up, but we are firmly in the camp of prioritizing talent at that position.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 9:17 AM

NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter lists Notre Dame RB Josh Adams as a potential fit for the Eagles draft class.

The Eagles won't have a second-round pick because of the Sam Bradford trade, so assuming they don't take a running back in the first round, they'll miss on most of the big names. Adams was a Heisman candidate early in the season and runs with tremendous power, so this could be a quality get in the third-or-fourth round, as Reuter projects him. "With Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount due to hit free agency, head coach Doug Pederson might want to add a bruising back like Adams to pound the rock," Reuter writes.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 8:58 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 CB Noah Boykin will be joining one of Florida, Notre Dame or Virginia on National Signing Day.

Boykin (6'2/170) was almost in Maryland's stable, but not quite for HC D.J. Durkin, who saw the corner decommit from the Terps near the end of January after initially pledging himself to the cause last July. Rivals analyst Adam Friedman sees the outlet's No. 204 overall prospect in the class signing with Florida on Wednesday, passing along that the Gators "knocked their official visit (from Boykin) out of the park" when he came to Gainesville in January. Boykin profiles as a corner for the time being, but could potentially move to safety down the road. While he brings a physical style of play to the table, that physicality will not be maximized until he adds a bit more functional weight.
Source: Rivals
Feb 3 - 2:44 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg lists Notre Dame redshirt sophomore Liam Eichenberg as a potential breakout star in 2018.

Eichenberg will be the favorite to take over for departing tackle Mike McGlinchey and the 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle was a consensus four-star prospect in 2016 coming out of high school. As Rittenberg writers: "If Tommy Kraemer remains at right tackle, where he started every game, and Robert Hainsey also stay on the right side, Eichenberg will protect the quarterback's blind side -- whether that player is Brandon Wimbush or Phil Jurkovec."
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 6:42 PM


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