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2016 was a banner year for the Irish in the NFL Draft, as seven former Notre Dame players were selected in the draft — and many early on in the process.
Among them were two first-round picks — sixth overall selection Ronnie Stanley and 21st overall pick Will Fuller — and two second-round selections — Jaylon Smith and Nick Martin.
KeiVarae Russell and C.J. Prosise were also third-round selections, as the Irish had six of the top 90 picks in the draft.
While Notre Dame isn't expected to send that many players to NFL homes so early in the draft this year, the Irish do have a couple of big-name prospects.
HEROSports.com's NFL Draft Analyst Todd Worly has ranked two Notre Dame players in the Top 100 prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Here are his assessments of each player:
Kizer may have the best arm in this draft class, and his combination of size, athletic ability and quick release further add to his intrigue. His accuracy isn’t yet where it needs to be to start in the NFL, but he may have the most upside among quarterbacks in this class.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 315-pounds, Jones has intriguing length for a 4-3 defensive tackle. His power, hips and hands are most impressive. He shows flashes of impressive explosiveness, knee bend and motor, but those flashes will need to become more consistent in order for him to develop into a starter in the NFL.