2019 Notre Dame Football Preview

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Blue & Gold Illustrated: 2019 Notre Dame Football Preview

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BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED 2019 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ✦ 141 IRISH IN THE NFL Name (Years At Notre Dame) NFL Season Pos. Current Team Josh Adams (2015-17) 2nd RB Philadelphia Eagles Ran for 511 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Alex Bars (2014-18) 1st OL Chicago Bears Signed as an undrafted free agent. Jonathan Bonner (2014-18) 1st DL Washington Redskins Signed as an undrafted free agent. Miles Boykin (2015-18) 1st WR Baltimore Ravens Drafted No. 93 by the Baltimore Ravens. Te'von Coney (2015-18) 1st LB Oakland Raiders Signed as an undrafted free agent. Sheldon Day (2012-15) 4th DL San Francisco 49ers Recorded 11 total tackles and two sacks in 2018. Tyler Eifert (2009-12) 7th TE Cincinnati Bengals Suffered a season-ending ankle injury in week four and finished with 15 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown. Matthias Farley (2011-15) 4th DB Indianapolis Colts Recorded 19 total tackles and an interception in five games played, including one start. Michael Floyd (2008-11) 8th WR Baltimore Ravens Caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Redskins in 2018. Will Fuller (2013-15) 4th WR Houston Texans Caught 32 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns in seven games before tearing his ACL in week eight. J.J. Jansen (2004-07) 12th LS Carolina Panthers Played in all 16 games for the 10th straight year. TJ Jones (2010-13) 5th WR Detroit Lions Caught 19 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games played (three starts). DeShone Kizer (2014-16) 3rd QB Green Bay Packers Spent the year as the primary backup for the Packers, appearing in three games and throwing for 187 yards with two interceptions. Ben Koyack (2011-14) 4th TE Jacksonville Jaguars Appeared in seven games with two starts, but did not record a catch. Kapron Lewis-Moore (2008-12) 4th DE San Francisco 49ers Signed a futures/reserve contract with the 49ers on Jan. 4. Julian Love (2015-18) 1st CB New York Giants Taken by the Giants with the No. 108 overall pick. Cole Luke (2013-16) 2nd CB Carolina Panthers Signed a futures/reserve contract with the Panthers on Dec. 31. Alizé Mack (2015-18) 1st TE New Orleans Saints Selected by the Saints with the No. 231 pick in the NFL Draft. Nick Martin (2011-15) 4th OL Houston Texans Started all 16 regular-season games for the first time. Zack Martin (2009-13) 6th OL Dallas Cowboys Started all 16 regular-season games and made the Pro Bowl for the fifth straight year. Greer Martini (2014-17) 1st LB Minnesota Vikings Spent 2018 in the Alliance of American Football and signed with the Vikings on April 10. Mike McGlinchey (2013-17) 2nd OL San Francisco 49ers Started all 16 regular season games and made the NFL All-Rookie team. Name (Years At Notre Dame) NFL Season Pos. Current Team Sam Mustipher (2014-18) 1st OL Chicago Bears Signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent. Quenton Nelson (2014-17) 2nd OL Indianapolis Colts Started every game for the Colts and was named first-team All-Pro. Tyler Newsome (2014-18) 1st P Los Angeles Chargers Signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent. Romeo Okwara (2012-15) 4th DE Detroit Lions Signed with the Lions just before the season opener, which he did not appear in, and went on to play in every other contest with 14 starts. Totaled a team-best 7.5 sacks. James Onwualu (2013-16) 3rd LB Jacksonville Jaguars Played in five games for the 49ers and notched two tackles with a forced fumble. C.J. Prosise (2012-15) 4th RB Seattle Seahawks Logged one carry for a loss of three yards and three receptions for 22 yards in five games before being placed on injured reserve. Theo Riddick (2009-12) 7th RB Detroit Lions Rushed 40 times for 171 yards and caught 61 passes for 384 yards in 14 games (three starts). Isaac Rochell (2013-16) 3rd DT Los Angeles Chargers Appeared in 16 games with three starts, and recorded 29 tackles with five sacks and an interception. Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) 9th TE Minnesota Vikings Started every game and caught 64 passes for 634 passes and four touchdowns. KeiVarae Russell (2012-15) 4th CB Cincinnati Bengals Appeared in seven games, made one start and recorded 12 tackles. Harrison Smith (2007-11) 8th S Minnesota Vikings Had 84 total tackles (67 solo), three interceptions, three sacks and one forced fumble on the way to a fourth straight Pro Bowl. Jaylon Smith (2013-15) 4th LB Dallas Cowboys Recorded 121 tackles (82 solo), four sacks, two forced fumbles and two recoveries, one of which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown. Durham Smythe (2013-17) 2nd TE Miami Dolphins Caught 6 passes for 50 yards as a rookie. Equanimeous St. Brown (2015-17) 2nd WR Green Bay Packers Caught 21 passes for 328 yards as a rookie. Ronnie Stanley (2012-15) 4th OT Baltimore Ravens Started all 15 games he appeared in at left tackle for the third straight year. Golden Tate (2007-09) 10th WR New York Giants Snared 77 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games (seven starts) while playing for both the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions. Jerry Tillery (2015-18) 1st DT Los Angeles Chargers Selected by the Chargers in the first round of the NFL Draft at No. 28. Drue Tranquill (2014-18) 1st LB Los Angeles Chargers Selected by the Chargers with the No. 130 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Stephon Tuitt (2011-13) 6th DE Pittsburgh Steelers Recorded 45 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in 14 games played (14 starts). Dexter Williams (2015-18) 1st RB Green Bay Packers Selected by the Packers with the No. 194 overall pick in the NFL Draft. 3 Notre Dame players were selected to the 2018-19 Pro Bowl. Cowboys offensive lineman Zack Martin continued his prolific career, making his fifth Pro Bowl in just his fifth season in the league. Fellow former Irish offensive lineman Quenton Nelson was selected as a rookie, continuing the legacy of Irish blockers in the NFL. Rounding out the group was Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who has made the Pro Bowl each year since 2015. 6 Former Irish players were selected in the 2019 NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Jerry Tillery led the way, taken at No. 28 by the Los Angeles Chargers. Other Irish players selected included receiver Miles Boykin (No. 93 to the Baltimore Ravens), cornerback Julian Love (No. 108 to the New York Giants), linebacker Drue Tranquill (No. 130 to the Chargers), running back Dexter Williams (No. 194 to the Green Bay Packers) and tight end Alizé Mack (No. 231 to the New Orleans Saints). 20 Touchdowns scored by former Notre Dame players in the NFL during the 2018 regular season. Wide receivers Will Fuller and Golden Tate both scored four times, as did tight end Kyle Rudolph. Running back Josh Adams found the end zone three times as a rookie, while TJ Jones caught a pair of touchdowns for the Detroit Lions. Tight end Tyler Eifert, wideout Michael Floyd and linebacker Jaylon Smith (fumble recovery) each added one. 69 First-round draft picks have come from Notre Dame with Tillery being the most recent. The Irish have produced at least one first-round pick in six of the last eight drafts, with a pair going among the top 32 three times during that span (2012, 2016 and 2018). Notre Dame's first-round total is exceeded only by Ohio State (83) and USC (81). Irish Players On NFL Rosters As of June 12 BY THE NUMBERS

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