Notre Dame football produced most OL snaps in the NFL in 2020

5. Quenton Nelson (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
5. Quenton Nelson (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The Notre Dame football program is known for churning out elite NFL offensive linemen, as they have had no shortage of guys make the jump from South Bend, to the next level. Included in those players in recent drafts, guys like Zack Martin, Mike McGlinchey, Quenton Nelson, and Alex Bars have all gone on to have success in the NFL, helping their teams to the playoffs in recent seasons.

Looking at the NFL as a whole, there is no question that the Notre Dame football program is producing professional linemen at a higher clip than any other school. Not only are the players entering the NFL playing, but they are playing at a very high level, with Martin being named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s, McGlinchey helping the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl, and Quenton Nelson being one of the best all-around players in the league.

During the 2020 NFL season, the Irish were well-represented when it comes to the offensive line in the NFL, and it was clear by how many snaps the school combined for throughout the 16-game slate.

Notre Dame football had the most snaps played by OL in the NFL in 2020

In terms of snaps by offensive linemen during the 2020 NFL season, according to PFF Draft, no program ranked higher than the Fighting Irish, coming in just before the Wisconsin Badgers with 5,300 snaps combined for the school. Wisconsin finished up with 5,200 snaps, and the top-6 were rounded out by Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, and LSU.

Not bad company to keep.

For the Irish, they also saw multiple alumni up front along the offensive line help their teams to the playoffs, including Bars and Nelson, two guys who are anchors for the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.

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There is a ton of talent coming into the NFL this season from the Notre Dame football program as well, including Liam Eichenberg, who could be a first-round pick. In total, the 2020 Notre Dame offensive line produced multiple All-Americans, a bunch of All-Conference players, and really were a key to the program getting to their second College Football Playoff in the last three seasons.