How are the Notre Dame players doing at the NFL combine?
We are two days into the NFL Combine and if you’re reading this, there is no doubt that you have been watching with an intense amount of curiosity. The same type of fans that follow recruiting as closely as the team’s season, also tunes into the NFL combine to get a glimpse at not just the players from Old Notre Dame, but also the prospects they coveted coming out of high school and ended up at other schools across the country.
Jude, over at Her Loyal Sons, has already pieced together a fine rundown of how the Notre Dame Fighting Irish alums have been doing halfway into this combine. It’s been a mixed bag thus far, but a mixed bag that held mostly good news.
Will Fuller and CJ Prosise proved that they really are burners and that their explosive season was no joke as they ran a 4.32 and 4.48 40 yard dash time respectively. For me, Prosise was extremely impressive given his size. Fuller was also able to showcase his hands a bit, and despite Mike Mayock throwing Big Bill Fuller some shade in every other sentence, he did quite well catching the balls.
Ronnie Stanley and Nick Martin have been performing as expected and, as expected, they are still talked about as prospect that will go in the first round and in the later rounds respectively.
Jaylon Smith and the reports of his conflicting statements about his knee were perhaps the biggest news, and to be perfectly honest- I’m not ready to touch that subject yet. There are too many games of “telephone” still going on here. I will say that this only magnifies the almost tragic injury that he suffered in the bowl game. Here’s a guy that is probably the most can’t miss prospect from Notre Dame in about a quarter of a century, and the combine was supposed to be his moment to unleash every freakish athletic gift that God gave him. Instead, it’s a media game of Clue.
Coming up is the defensive players and some intersting looks at guys like Day, Russell, and Shumate. Yay, combine….