Mar 20, 2014; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former football player Louis Nix runs a drill during Notre Dame pro day at the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame Football: Former Irish Players Audition For The NFL


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Last month at the NFL Combine, eight Notre Dame players demonstrated their strengths and weaknesses to NFL Head Coaches, GMs and scouts. Today, sixteen Irish players including 2012 graduates Robby Toma and Mike Golic Jr. showed what they could do during Notre Dame’s annual pro day.

All 32 NFL teams were represented at the pro day. Two head coaches and three GMs were present.

Those five high level NFL individuals were most likely most interested in top Notre Dame prospects Zack Martin, Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt did not perform on Thursday because of an injury. However, Nix and Martin likely solidified themselves as 1st round draft picks.

Nix looked more “slender” and nimble than at any point in his career. He also improved his 40-yard dash time from 5.42 to 5.36.

Martin did what he did in his five years at Notre Dame: dominate. In his NFL career, Martin will likely never do anything great. But, he will always do everything very well.

Other Notre Dame players helped their draft stock on Thursday as well. CB Bennett Jackson ran a 4.40 40-yard dash. This improved on his 4.51 mark at the combine.

Other players who were not invited to the combine showed what they could do as well. Dan Fox ran a 4.59 40-yard dash. Tommy Rees received good reviews from scouts in attendance. He completed 32 of 34 passes (against air).

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