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SI.com's Andy Staples recently took on the fun task of drafting in reverse order for every FBS team in 2013, using college players eligible for this season. The hypothetical takes into account a player's college career and years of eligibility remaining.
Like many NFL mock drafts, this one, too, features a pair of Notre Dame players in the top 10.
4. Akron: DE Stephon Tuitt, Jr., Notre Dame, 6-6, 303
Why Tuitt and not Notre Dame linemate Louis Nix III? Because Tuitt is a junior, and because his mom's view on football is such that there might be a slim chance he decides to stick around for his senior year. Terry Bowden had a miserable first season in Akron, but Tuitt could help year two go a lot more smoothly. Defensive coordinator Chuck Amato would have a blast figuring out how to use a 300-pounder who runs like a receiver.
9. UNLV: DT Louis Nix III, R-Jr., Notre Dame, 6-3, 340
Tired of stinking on defense, UNLV coach Bobby Hauck selects the sturdiest building block in the country. Nix likely will only play one more college season, but he can set UNLV on the right path defensively.
That's not all from the Irish, however, as No. 39 brings us to a reunion in Lawrence, Kan.
39. Kansas: OT Zack Martin, R-Sr., Notre Dame, 6-4, 304
Jayhawks coach Charlie Weis is thrilled Rhule went with youth, because it allows Weis to take a player he recruited but barely got to coach. Martin redshirted during Weis' final season at Notre Dame. For one year, he'll be the foundation of Weis' offense.
Staples also has former Irish and current USF end Aaron Lynch going to new conference rival Cincinnati at No. 91.
And who does Notre Dame end up with at No. 121? (The draft order is the reverse of the Sagarin rankings.) Brian Kelly scoops up Alabama redshirt sophomore center Ryan Kelly, who backed up Barrett Jones last season and has yet to start a game for the Crimson Tide.
2dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information