It looks like five former Notre Dame football players will be drafted at the end of the month.
Over the past month, we’ve been looking at mocks drafts, projections and best fits in regard to where some former Notre Dame football players could be selected later this month in the 2018 NFL Draft.
By all accounts, five former Irish stars will be selected at some point. We’ve shown you where the experts think they’ll go, now it’s time for our take.
Here is the Slap The Sign NFL Mock Draft for Notre Dame players in 2018.
Round One, Pick No. 5, Denver Broncos: Quenton Nelson
John Elway has first-hand knowledge that you can’t win a Super Bowl without elite offensive line play. He has a quarterback who can win in Case Keenum. He has skill players with enough left in the tank for a title run. He needs to add the best lineman available to bolster the offensive line and help get the Broncos into the playoffs.
Round One, Pick No. 23, New England Patriots: Mike McGlinchey
Bill Belichick doesn’t do anything sexy in the NFL Draft. There are talks of taking a receiver at this spot, but that counts as sexy. McGlinchey is far from sexy and fills a need at offensive tackle for the Patriots. He’ll fall this far due largely to the run on quarterbacks in the first round — due more to desperation than talent.
Round Three, Pick No. 82, Detroit Lions: Equanimeous St. Brown
New head coach Matt Patricia comes from a place where they value smart football players, good fits and solid route-runners at receiver. St. Brown checks all three of those boxes and gives quarterback Matthew Stafford a big target on deep routes. He’d join former Irish star Golden Tate on the receiver depth chart.
Round Four, Pick No. 108, New York Giants: Josh Adams
This likely only happens if the Giants pass on Saquon Barkley. New York has been looking for a consistent ball-carrier for a long time. What they’ve had is a revolving door of scat backs in recent years who don’t allow them to establish anything on the ground. Adams changes that immediately.
Round Six, Pick No. 196, Kansas City Chiefs: Durham Smythe
The Chiefs already have one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league. They’d love to add a solid blocking tight end for short-yardage and goal line situations. Smythe will be a specialist in that regard as the best blocking tight end available.