The Notre Dame football team will face a some of the best defensive players in the nation in 2018.
Four players (Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey, Durham Smythe, Equanimeous St. Brown) from Notre Dame’s offense were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, including two in the first nine picks. Then, shortly after the draft concluded, Josh Adams signed a deal as an undrafted free agent.
Heading into 2018, there are plenty of questions surrounding the Irish offense. Naturally, those questions start with the quarterback position. Brandon Wimbush is the heavy favorite to be named as the starter, but an open competition will continue through fall camp.
Sam Mustipher and Alex Bars were named as captains earlier this Spring. The duo will anchor the Notre Dame offensive line next season with hopes to recreate the success that position group had in 2017.
There are a plethora of talented pass-catchers and running backs on the roster, but, for the most part, they are either inconsistent or unproven. Those are the position groups where we are likely to see the most variance.
This next iteration of the Irish offense will have to get caught up to speed quickly because they open the season against a team with one of the best defenses in the country, Michigan.
Notre Dame will face plenty of challenges in the upcoming season. Here are the top-10 defensive players they will have to face.
Honorable Mention: Lavert Hill (CB, Michigan), Iman Marshall (CB, USC, pictured above), Brian Burns (DE, FSU)