Notre Dame football landed two offensive studs in this year’s “Top 150 college football players of 2017.”
The Fighting Irish may not have had even a handful of names on NFL.com’s “Top 150 college football players of 2017,” but the two they did land were pretty big names.
Mike McGlinchey claimed spot No. 57 while his teammate and co-offensive linemen, Quenton Nelson, fell to No. 65. As two projected first-round draft picks for 2018, it’s easy to see why they were candidates for the best players in the country.
Notre Dame should’ve had a few more players see their names in the top 150, but following a 4-8 season, you can see why the Irish didn’t get much love on this year’s list.
Next year, this list should include a few more Irish. Brandon Wimbush is looking at a Heisman type season, Josh Adams is going to finish as one of the best backs in the NCAA, and this receiving core has names that will be household by December.
Then, on the defensive end, both cornerbacks should find themselves on the list, and depending on who heads to the NFL, Drue Tranquill and Nyles Morgan should be strong candidates. Sophomore, Jerry Tillery, is one of the most highly-touted players in the country and after his second season, should make a lot of noise around the NCAA.
With the high hopes Notre Dame has this season, no one knows who is and isn’t going to shine. If everything goes as planned, they could be looking to dominate the top 150 players next season. With a College Football Playoff appearance in sight, it’s safe to say NFL.com won’t be so harsh on the Fighting Irish next year.
A Playoff appearance may send some Notre Dame players to the NFL early, but it will most certainly land plenty of them on this list. Maybe that is, or maybe that isn’t an honor, but it definitely gives hope to fans and players heading into the next season.