Pro Football Focus ranks Notre Dame’s Williams as Top-5 RB prospect

Where will Williams go?

As we all know Irish running back Kyren Williams has made his future known. He has declared for the NFL Draft and will not play in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State.

The next time Williams puts the pads on it will be in the NFL but where he gets drafted is the next question. Recently, Pro Football Focus ranked the top draft eligible running backs and Williams checked in 5th on their list. He ranked behind Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III, Iowa State’s Breece Hall, UCLA’s Zach Charbonnet and Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller.

There is an argument that Williams should be higher on this list given his production, but I feel like it’s his size that might be a detractor. That might not matter if he plays like he did for the Irish over the last two seasons. Williams can be a three-down back, even with his smaller stature. Many of us expect the former Irish running back to have a very solid NFL career.

CBS Sports latest mock projects one Notre Dame player selected in 1st Round

Heading east?

The NFL regular seasons is coming to a close and with many collegiate players making their intentions known for next year, there are going to be mock drafts coming out. CBS Sports has done exactly that, with Josh Edwards projecting where the stars of college football will end up at the next level.

It should come to no one’s surprise that Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton will get selected during the first day of the NFL Draft, but the question is where will he end up. Edwards has the early entry junior heading off to the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, with the 11th overall selection.

It seems like the Eagles would be getting a steal, as Edwards ranks Hamilton as the top prospect at safety. If he is right, Philadelphia, would be getting a player Edwards says “has an argument as the draft’s best available player.”

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Kyren Williams still yet to decide on returning for 2022

Does he stay or does he go?

Even though he was somehow left off the list of finalists for the Doak Walker Award that goes annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back, Notre Dame’s Kyren Williams was about as good as it got at the position in all of college football in 2021.  Despite playing behind a makeshift offense line that had no cohesion for nearly an entire half of the season, Williams still rushed for over 1,000 yards and was Notre Dame’s best offensive player on seemingly a weekly basis.

From afar it would seem like Williams will be suiting up for Notre Dame for the final time in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State on New Year’s Day but the star running back isn’t so sure that’s the case just yet.

“It’s something that obviously I’m thinking about and obviously I’ve got to make something happen,” said Williams following head coach Marcus Freeman’s introductory press conference on Monday, ““Coach Freeman has always been a coach I’ve wanted to play for and I felt like our connection this season has grown a lot stronger. But (stay at Notre Dame vs. declare for the NFL draft) is something I still have to think about and put into action later on.”

Williams was later asked if he was certain to play in the Fiesta Bowl to which he answered, “As of right now, yeah.”

I don’t want to speculate but I have trouble thinking that was still at all up in the air if there was much of a likelihood that he was returning to Notre Dame.

My guess is that with the short window most running backs have to be at their peak that Williams would go make an NFL salary starting next year but I never would have guessed Travis Etienne of Clemson would have stayed for his senior year back in 2020, either.

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Hamilton will hear his name called early

The NFL Draft will be here sooner than we expect. Well, that that soon, in April of 2022 but for many draft eligibility collegiate football players, the process has already started. NFL teams will scout these players over the course of their careers, finding who will fit best in their system and if their skill set will translate over.

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Ever since Kyle Hamilton stepped foot on Notre Dame’s campus, he was ready to succeed. The junior is now being viewed as one of the best players in the country and he deserves all the praise and more. Today, ESPN’s draft guru Mel Kizer Jr. released his newest big board and Hamilton held strong at No. 2.

Although his status for the remainder of the season is in jeopardy, we know he’s out this weekend against North Carolina, it seems like his draft stock hasn’t changed. Expect Hamilton to hear his name called very early by an NFL team regardless of how his injury plays out.

Instant Twitter reaction: Notre Dame’s Ogundeji selected by Atlanta

Ade to ATL

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Make it eight former Notre Dame players selected in the 2021 NFL draft, as defensive end Ade Ogundeji is headed to Georgia. The Atlanta Falcons selected the end with the 182nd pick in the fifth round. At this moment, there are just three other Irish players that could be taken. Here is the Twitter reaction of Ogundeji becoming a Falcon.

CBS Sports updates NFL mock draft, Notre Dame sees no first rounders

Wait, what?

The majority of NFL mock drafts that many of have seen heading into the meat of the virtual combine has seen at least one Notre Dame football member, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, being selected in the first round. As CBS Sports Ryan Wilson has expanded his mock draft to three rounds, no Irish players are projected in his first round.

This is a bit shocking, as the majority of draft analysts have JOK going somewhere in the drafts opening salvo. How the most recent Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American could drop out of the first-round is beyond comprehension.

Wilson has the linebacker being selected early in the second round, pick 35, to the Atlanta Falcons. In my estimation, there is no way that JOK falls that far in the draft.

Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg is the next projected former Irish player to go off the board, reuniting with teammate Cole Kmet in Chicago with the Bears. At pick 52 in the second-round, this is a bit low, but much more reasonable projection as to where Eichenberg will get selected.

The final Notre Dame player Wilson has mocked is Tommy Tremble. The tight end is projected to land in the third round to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 88th overall pick.

Both Eichenberg and Tremble’s slots are legit, but having JOK fall out of the first-round is downright criminal.

CBS Sports updates NFL mock draft, Notre Dame sees no first rounders

Wait, what?

The majority of NFL mock drafts that many of have seen heading into the meat of the virtual combine has seen at least one Notre Dame football member, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, being selected in the first round. As CBS Sports Ryan Wilson has expanded his mock draft to three rounds, no Irish players are projected in his first round.

This is a bit shocking, as the majority of draft analysts have JOK going somewhere in the drafts opening salvo. How the most recent Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American could drop out of the first-round is beyond comprehension.

Wilson has the linebacker being selected early in the second round, pick 35, to the Atlanta Falcons. In my estimation, there is no way that JOK falls that far in the draft.

Offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg is the next projected former Irish player to go off the board, reuniting with teammate Cole Kmet in Chicago with the Bears. At pick 52 in the second-round, this is a bit low, but much more reasonable projection as to where Eichenberg will get selected.

The final Notre Dame player Wilson has mocked is Tommy Tremble. The tight end is projected to land in the third round to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 88th overall pick.

Both Eichenberg and Tremble’s slots are legit, but having JOK fall out of the first-round is downright criminal.

Owusu-Koramoah slipping? Latest USA TODAY mock draft

Davis had Owusu-Koramoah going 30th overall to the Buffalo Bills, barely sneaking into the first round.

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Is Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s NFL draft stock slipping?

Or is it simply one NFL draft expert seeing things differently than others?

USA TODAY’s Nate Davis released his latest mock draft this week, and it had Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah going significantly later than we’ve seen several others have the star Notre Dame linebacker being taken.

Davis had Owusu-Koramoah going 30th overall to the Buffalo Bills, barely sneaking into the first round.

Here is what Davis had to say about Owusu-Koramoah:

30. Buffalo Bills – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame:
The Butkus Award winner as the country’s top college linebacker and ACC defensive player of the year in 2020, he’s a rangy type who could fill a number of roles as an every-down hybrid for this defense. Owusu-Koramoah will probably have to bulk up his 220-pound build, but he could be a great fit for a team that may not bring LB Matt Milano back.

Owusu-Koramoah lacking the perfect size of an outside linebacker certainly doesn’t help his case in the eyes of scouts, something Davis alludes to here.

If he were to fall to 30th overall though, I’d imagine it being a case of a draft being done by a spreadsheet formula instead of watching a player’s actual skill, and that the Buffalo Bills would get a steal that late in the first round.

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Watch: Notre Dame’s Hayes is turning heads at Senior Bowl practices

Former Notre Dame defensive end Daelin Hayes has been making a very good impression to NFL teams.

With the Senior Bowl practices underway, plenty of information is flying out of Mobile, Alabama. If you didn’t see Ian Book making very good throw to an ACC counterpart, check it out here. What about Notre Dame defenders you ask, well Daelin Hayes has been putting on a show and is impressing NFL brass.

Regardless of rust for his opponent, Hayes still needed to complete the rep and it seems like he did. Dane Brugler went on to note that Hayes is really taking this opportunity to make an impression as he “notice(d) that every time Hayes came off the field, he went directly over to one of the assistant coaches to discuss various techniques and get feedback. That is a player who understands the opportunity in front of him this week.”

Want a bit more proof of Hayes being a monster during practice? Here it is:

This is great news for the former Notre Dame defensive lineman. Aside from when the Irish will host a pro-day, this may be the only time they’ll get a chance to impress NFL teams. Hayes looks like he has been doing plenty to  entice a team to make him as their selection.

Pro Football Focus ranks two Notre Dame draft eligible players in their top 100

Although it’s very early, Pro Football Focus has ranked two Notre Dame stars inside their top 100 draft prospects.

For many players, the NFL Draft signifies years of hard work and a chance to finally reach many of their dream to play at the highest level. This years, draft will be much different, a virtual combine but the date stays the same, April 29th begins three days of selections for NFL teams.

There is plenty of jostling of players ranking from now until the end of April, but right now Pro Football Focus has two Notre Dame players ranked inside their top 100 draft-eligible prospects.

It should come to no one’s surprise who the top former Irish star is, linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah.

The Butkus Award winner is ranked as the 19th best player and said he “has elite short-area quicks for a linebacker, and while 215 pounds may seem tiny, it’s the same weight that Darius Leonard played at this season for the Colts.”

Liam Eichenberg checked in at 49th but PFF didn’t see as much upside as they did with JOK. Michael Renner was impressed with Eichenberg being “technically sound at the position,” but “not wow with his perceived ‘upside.”

Either way, both of these former Irish stars should be hearing their names being called early in the NFL Draft.