Thursday, April 25, 2013
It's draft day for pair of Irish hopefuls
By Matt Fortuna
The day is finally here. All the build-up, all the hype -- finally, we get to see which college stars land where.
And for the second straight year, it is likely that multiple Notre Dame players will hear their names called at Radio City on Night 1.
Tyler Eifert and Manti Te'o are both widely expected to be first-round picks. Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith were last season.
The last time the Irish had multiple first-round picks before 2012? That would be 1994, when Bryant Young, Aaron Taylor and Jeff Burris all went in the first round.
The last time Notre Dame had multiple first-round picks in consecutive years? That, also, would include the 1994 NFL draft, which followed a 1993 event that saw four players from South Bend, Ind., get selected in the first round: Rick Mirer, Jerome Bettis, Irv Smith and Tom Carter.
The only other times that has happened with Notre Dame players, according to the school, are 1944-45-46 and 1954-55.
So just where will Eifert and Te'o end up? That depends on who you ask.
I'm a little surprised to see Braxston Cave's name absent form the seven-round mock, and I wonder if any NFL team takes a chance on former Irish and Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist after all of his injury problems in college.