Notre Dame Football: Sam Hartman emerges as Top 10 QB prospect in NFL Draft

Discover how former Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman defies expectations, emerging as a Top 10 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Notre Dame Football quarterback Sam Hartman celebrates after win over Wake Forest
Notre Dame Football quarterback Sam Hartman celebrates after win over Wake Forest / Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to the Notre Dame football program and the 2024 NFL Draft, there are some knowns and some unknowns. We know that offensive tackle Joe Alt will get drafted in the first round. Likely in the first 10 picks, maybe in the first five.

There’s also Audric Estime, who has made a bit of an NFL Draft comeback after posting a historically bad 40-yard-dash time at the combine. But there is one former Fighting Irish star that still remains a bit of a mystery.

Sam Hartman had the talent that made him one of the most prolific passers in the college game. But at the moment, it feels like his chances of even being picked in the 7th round are rather slim. However, at least one analyst thinks there’s hope. It will all come down to just how many quarterbacks selected and whether the NFL has the same opinion of Sam Hartman as ESPN’s Jordan Reid.

Reid recently released his list of Top 13 quarterbacks in the NFL draft and the former Notre Dame Football star made the Top 10. He was actually 10th. So close to not making it, but at least he managed to get under that lid.

Ex-Notre Dame football star makes Top 10 QBs in the NFL Draft rankings

“Getting the ball out quickly hasn’t been a problem for Hartman, as he’s a quick decision-maker,” said Reid, touching on where Hartman’s strengths lie. “But he has also been accurate on deep throws, even though he has arm strength limitations. Hartman had 11 touchdowns to one interception and an 88.5 QBR on throws 20-plus yards downfield this past season.”

The ESPN analyst added that the reason Hartman joined the Notre Dame football team is because he wanted to work in a pro-style system. For the most part, that worked out well. The question now is whether Hartman made enough of an impact at the NFL combine when people were talking about things other than his hair.