What Would An NFL Team Made Up of All Notre Dame Players Look Like?


We knew Notre Dame players rolled deep in the NFL ranks, but did you know we could comprise a current starting 22 with nothing but former Irish stars?

There are only a small number of college football programs that currently have enough players in the NFL to fill an entire 22-man starting lineup of offense and defense. Notre Dame is one of those programs.

Altogether, Notre Dame currently has 36 former players in the NFL. In these dog days of April — with only the NFL Draft and Spring football to keep us occupied from a football standpoint — my bored mind decided to piece together what an All-Notre Dame NFL starting 22 would look like. I was able to do it — but barely — as a couple of guys had to change positions.

I’m not sure how many games they’d win, but here is what that team would look like:

(I went with a single-back, three receiver set on offense and a 4-3 on defense)


Quarterback: DeShone Kizer, Green Bay Packers

Running Back: Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions

Tight End: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Tackle: Ronnie Stanley, Baltimore Ravens

Offensive Guard: Nick Martin, Houston Texans (moved from center)

Center: John Sullivan, Los Angeles Rams

Offensive Guard: Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Tackle: Ryan Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers

Wide Receiver: Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

Wide Receiver: TJ Jones, Detroit Lions

Wide Receiver: Will Fuller V, Houston Texans


Defensive End: Stephon Tuitt, Pittsburgh Steelers

Defensive Tackle: Sheldon Day, San Francisco 49ers

Defensive Tackle: Louis Nix III, Jacksonville Jaguars

Defensive End: Isaac Rochell, Los Angeles Chargers

Linebacker: Jaylon Smith, Dallas Cowboys

Linebacker: Manti Te’o, New Orleans Saints

Linebacker: James Onwualu, Los Angeles Chargers

Cornerback: KeiVarae Russell, Cincinnati Bengals

Cornerback: Cole Luke, Carolina Panther

Strong Safety: Bennett Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Free Safety: Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings

Next: Notre Dame NFL Mock Draft Update

And there you have it. Not too bad in some spots. A lot of questions in others.

One week from today, we’ll start the process of adding what will likely be five more former Notre Dame football players to the NFL ranks via the draft.