Four former Notre Dame players are featured in Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay's latest mock draft, which spans two rounds. Two of those former Fighting Irish stars are listed in the first round, with two more in the second.
Zack Martin continues to see his stock rise with the NFL draft less than a month away, as McShay slots the left tackle at No. 17 to the Baltimore Ravens, where McShay has him playing right tackle. Nose guard Louis Nix comes a dozen picks later, at No. 29 to the New England Patriots. McShay sees "Irish Chocolate" adding depth to the Patriots' front and says that Nix could prove to be a major steal this low if he returns to his pre-injury, 2012 form.
McShay has defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt falling to the Tennessee Titans at No. 42. And, in a mild surprise, the analyst has Troy Niklas getting picked 11 slots later at No. 53, citing the long-term potential of the man known in college as "Hercules."
This was the fourth version of McShay's mock. The draft takes place May 8-10.