Using the mock draft tool on The Draft Network, we got a look at where some Notre Dame players could end up in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Outside of the bowl game storylines, there’s not much going on for Notre Dame football right now. As such, I usually focus on the next NFL draft.
One of my favorite NFL Draft sites to visit is The Draft Network. They have comprehensive lists and scouting reports of all of the prospects. They also have a pretty sweet mock draft tool.
I decided to run an automated mock draft where the computer picked every player for each team based on team needs and the current rankings of the staff at The Draft Network.
When it was over, six Notre Dame players were drafted. There was one notable player who went undrafted in this particular mock — and we’ll get to that later.
With pick No. 25 in the 1st round, the Miami Dolphins selected defensive end Julian Okwara. That would be a nice fit for both parties, as the Dolphins need help everywhere and are in a division with some hot up and coming quarterbacks.
The rest of the draft went like this:
Round 5, Pick 133, Arizona Cardinal: Khalid Kareem
Round 5, Pick 137, New York Jets: Tommy Kraemer
Round 6, Pick 172, Philadephia Eagles: Alohi Gilman
Round 6, Pick 176, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Troy Pride Jr.
Round 6, Pick 183, Minnesota Vikings: Jalen Elliott
As you may have noticed, the glaring omission on that list is Irish wide receiver Chase Claypool. We’ve discussed this. Chase Claypool is a talent and was arguably Notre Dame’s best player in 2019. The issue is a loaded draft class at the receiver position and a small sample size as a No. 1 receiver.
Chase Claypool will need to go to the combine and let his size, speed, and freakish athleticism boost his draft stock if he hopes to hear his name called in Las Vegas in April.