The Notre Dame football team could see a few players selected in the first round in 2022, including defensive end Isaiah Foskey.
The Notre Dame football team is currently 5-1, and throughout the season, we have seen players step up in a big way and some struggle from week to week. It has been a roller coaster of a ride for the Irish, whose only loss has come at the hands of No. 3 Cincinnati, but are also a team that many have written off.
Going into the second half of the season, there is still a lot for this team to play for, including an outside shot at the CFP. There have been teams getting upset every week, and the Irish do not have another ranked team on their schedule, so they control their destiny in terms of how the second half will go.
During the 2021 campaign, the defense has gotten better every week, and one key reason for that has been the play of Isaiah Foskey. Expected to come in and fill big shoes this season, Foskey has done just that and is putting together a tremendous string of games.
Notre Dame football getting great production from Foskey
Through six games this season, Foskey has already blown away his production from a year ago, racking up 5.5 sacks against 4.5 in 2020, and 27 tackles against 20. That came through nine games as a reserve player, as the Irish had two 2021 NFL Draft picks on the edge in Daelin Hayes and Ade Ogundeji.
Foskey is outperforming both players, who were Day 3 picks, and when all is said and done, would it be a shock if he landed in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He stands 6-foot-4, weighs 250 pounds, and has the kind of twitch that could make him a double-digit sack guy at the next level.
Edge rushers are at a premium in today’s NFL, and in Foskey, they would be getting a player with tremendous motor, and one who plays up to his competition. We already know Kyle Hamilton is going to go in the first five picks, but could Foskey sneak into the end of the first round as well?
The Notre Dame football program announced seven captains for the upcoming 2021-2022 season including Kyren Williams and Kyle Hamilton.
The Irish are currently on their bye week and have six games left this season to try and make a run towards the College Football Playoff. While many players have struggled to play consistently this season, Foskey has not been one of them, and his blend of size, speed, and athleticism could see him land in the first round when all is said and done.