Notre Dame Football: 2 Irish players named top-50 2021 NFL Draft prospects

Liam Eichenberg (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Liam Eichenberg (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The 2021 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and this week, the Notre Dame football program sent seven players to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. One of those players, left tackle Liam Eichenberg, did not work out during the week, but his six teammates, including Daelin Hayes, Ian Book, Ade Ogundeji, Ben Skowronek, Aaron Banks, and Robert Hainsey really showed out.

Hayes, Book, and Banks really stood out, impressing both scouts and reporters, while significantly improving their draft stock. Unfortunately, Skowronek injured his foot and was on crutches on Thursday, signaling what could be the end of his draft prep.

In terms of the actually 2021 NFL Draft, and looking around at the recent mocks drafts, we have seen members of the Notre Dame football team get mocked to different teams, including the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns. There are going to be multiple members of the Irish taken during the draft, and two stand out to draft experts above all of the others.

Two Notre Dame football stars ranked in top-50 draft prospects

In his first top-50 prospect rankings for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, Daniel Jeremiah from NFL Network listed two members of the Notre Dame football program as top prospects. The names were no shock, as linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah came in at No. 21 overall, the second linebacker named, and Eichenberg barely made it, coming in at No. 49.

We have seen both players mocked in the first round in recent weeks, but Owusu-Koramoah is a guy who is widely considered a first-round pick. Eichenberg has the resume to be a first-rounder, but many like him at the beginning of the second round, especially in a very deep offensive tackle draft class.

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Come Draft time, both of these players are going to hear their name called, possibly in the first round, which is a real testament to the kind of talent this Notre Dame football program produces. With no in-person Scouting Combine, they will need to cap off their draft prep with a solid Pro Day, while also nailing their interviews.