2020 Slap the Sign Notre Dame Brian Kelly Era Player Draft

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Due to the trade between Team Leniart and Team Sonny, Jack received first dibs at the remaining players and decided to add free-agent tight end Troy Niklas to his roster. Niklas was an interesting case in the NFL, as he started 18 games including 11 in 2017 – the last time he played. The Cardinals used him primarily as an in-line, blocking tight end during his four seasons with the club. He has bounced around since but hasn’t stuck with a team during regular season play.

The remaining 12 UDFAs were placed in a random draft generator and eight of them were placed on teams. This means that Dexter Williams, Alize Mack, Chris Watt, and Jamoris Slaughter were evidently left off teams.

Team Morrison was given linebacker Darius Fleming. Drafted in the 5th round by the 49ers in 2012, Fleming only played in 11 career games – all with the Patriots.

Team Whitney was given nose tackle Louis Nix. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft by the Texans, Nix only appeared in 4 games during his short two-year NFL career.

Team Plummer was given safety Jalen Elliott. A 2020 draft prospect, Elliott was a three-year starter at safety for Notre Dame and will likely be selected in the later rounds of this year’s draft.

Team North was given tight end Durham Smythe. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 draft by the Dolphins, Smythe has started 16 games in two seasons for the Dolphins including 14 this past year. He is primarily used in-line as a blocking tight end.

Team Erbach (myself) was given linebacker Prince Shembo. Drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 draft by the Falcons, Smembo appeared in all 16 games as a rookie, starting three of them. He likely would have enjoyed a nice NFL career if not for his disturbing off the field issues.

Team Sonny was given defensive lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore. Drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 draft by the Ravens, Lewis-Moore appeared in five games in three seasons with the Ravens totaling three tackles. He last played in 2015.

Team McJunkin was given tight end Ben Koyack. Drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 draft by the Jaguars, Koyack remained on the team until 2019 starting 18 of his 48 career games – including 6 this past season. He is currently a free agent that will likely receive an invite to an NFL camp if he wants one. He has 25 career receptions and one touchdown.