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: Notre Dame Players in McShay's Final Rankings

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

Notre Dame Football

Todd McShay unveiled his final rankings today. 9 Notre Dame players were featured on the list. Here are the rankings:

  • Zack Martin — 9th
  • Stephon Tuitt — 27th
  • Louis Nix III — 36th
  • Troy Niklas — 59th
  • Chris Watt — 163rd
  • TJ Jones — 169th
  • Prince Shembo — 172nd
  • Bennett Jackson — 252nd
  • George Atkinson — 271st

224 players will be selected over the next few days. Therefore, McShay is projecting that Jackson and Atkinson will go un-drafted and 7 players will be drafted. If this occurs, it will top the 6 players that were drafted in 2013.

Notre Dame’s draft involvement has expanded since Brian Kelly became coach. Charlie Weis had an average of 3.8 players selected every draft. Under Brian Kelly’s tenure, 4.5 Irish players have been selected.

Although this may be a “chicken-egg”, Notre Dame possessing more talent or producing more talent has turned into more wins.

If 3 players are drafted in the first round tomorrow, it will be the best draft class since the early 1990s. For fans who doubt whether or not Brian Kelly is the right Head Coach for Notre Dame, these numbers should put them at ease.

The NFL Draft begins tomorrow, Thursday, May 8th, at 8:00 p.m.

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