Ex-Notre Dame football star sees his profile rise in latest NFL Mock

  • Joe Alt has long been a Top 10 pick assumption.
  • This time around, the former Notre Dame football star isn't headed to Tennessee.
  • See the new team he's projected to land with.
Joe Alt at the NFL Combine
Joe Alt at the NFL Combine / Kara Durrette/GettyImages

As the NFL Draft gets closer and closer, mock drafts are taking more and more looks at the Notre Dame football players who could make a real impact for their next team. One of the newest mock drafts offers a bit of a surprise as it changes up where offensive lineman Joe Alt is supposedly headed.

According to Irish Breakdown, Alt actually slides up a bit in the latest NFL Mock Draft by Mike Tannenbaum, the former New York Jets, general manager. According to Tannenbaum, Alt is now going to get selected fifth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Tannenbaum cited the Chargers as being the most likely landing spot for Alt because they need to rebuild their offensive line. He added that there are a ton of wide receivers who will be available in the second round.

"The Chargers gave up 43 sacks last season, 13th-most in the NFL,” he wrote. “So despite the top receivers all being on the board and a glaring need there after trading Keenan Allen and cutting Mike Williams, I'm choosing to instead protect quarterback Justin Herbert. Alt is 6-foot-9 with great movement traits, and he gave up just six sacks over 2,142 snaps in college. Fortifying the offensive line is the foundation of any Jim Harbaugh team, and that's especially true after Herbert missed four games last season due to a fractured finger. The WR class is deep, so I'm taking my OT1 now and worrying about the pass-catchers on Day 2."

Ex-Notre Dame football star headed to new home in latest mock

If this projection is correct, it would mean that the Chargers jumped the line for Joe Alt. Most of the rest of the NFL Mocks have had the lineman headed to the Tennessee Titans.

It looks like the Chargers are in more need of a lineman than others thought.