Notre Dame Football: Ranking 2020’s most impactful players – 20-16

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 31: Nick McCloud #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack warms up before their game against the East Carolina Pirates at Carter-Finley Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 31: Nick McCloud #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack warms up before their game against the East Carolina Pirates at Carter-Finley Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 21: Bennett Skowronek #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats tries to catch a pass as Josh Butler #19 of the Michigan State Spartans gets called for interference at Ryan Field on September 21, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 21: Bennett Skowronek #88 of the Northwestern Wildcats tries to catch a pass as Josh Butler #19 of the Michigan State Spartans gets called for interference at Ryan Field on September 21, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

19. Ben Skowronek (Wide Receiver)

Best Ranking: No. 10

Worst Ranking: Unranked

When Notre Dame added Skowronek, fans questioned why the Irish needed to add a receiver when players like Kevin Austin and Braden Lenzy were ready to break through. However, as the season grows close, it is clear that Skowronek will be a target that Ian Book can rely upon during the 2020 season.

With the most recent depth chart, Skowronek joins surprise starters Avery Davis and Javon McKinley. Other players on the Irish roster definitely possess more talent than the Graduate student from Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, Skowronek has collected more receptions (110) and more yards (1417) than any other current Notre Dame Wide Receiver. Clearly, his experience is needed among a group of players who have shown more potential than production at this point.

Skowronek’s presence will help Notre Dame transition from the loss of Chase Claypool and Chris Finke early in the season. Hopefully, this gives players like Kevin Austin, Lawrence Keys and Braden Lenzy time to emerge as playmakers for the Irish offense. Does Skowronek continue to start after the return of Kevin Austin or if another player emerges as a reliable target? This will be an interesting storyline to follow for the rest of the season.