- Matt Fortuna, ESPN Staff Writer
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The NFL draft came and gone, and, as we know by now, it was a pretty good one for Notre Dame. Here's a look at what those in NFL circles are saying about some of the drafted former Irish players and their new employers:
Mel Kiper Jr. gave the Cowboys a draft of B, but he said Martin can make the Dallas offensive line among the best units in the NFL. Todd McShay lists Martin as one of his favorites picks. ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer says the pick of Martin was the Cowboys' best move of the draft ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins said the Cowboys went for the best player available. ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor says the Cowboys made the right move in passing on Johnny Manziel for Martin. Archer says the Cowboys stayed Tony Romo-friendly by picking Martin. Watkins says Martin may start at guard, but his future with the Cowboys is at right tackle.
Kiper gave the Steelers an A-, saying that Tuitt, at his 2012 level, can be a disruptive stud. McShay lists Tuitt as one of his favorite picks, calling him a top-15 talent who is a great fit for Dick LeBeau. Pittsburgh defensive line coach John Mitchell says Tuitt would've been a top-10 pick if he were healthy in 2013. ESPN.com Steelers reporter Scott Brown says taking Tuitt in the second round was the club's best move. Brown also says that Tuitt is part of a rookie group that will give the Steelers an immediate return.
In giving the Cardinals a draft grade of a B, Kiper says coach Bruce Arians might see some of what he loved about the Steelers' Heath Miller in Niklas. ESPN.com Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss says Niklas solidified a tight end group that is the foundation of Arians' offense. Weinfuss also says that Niklas is a long-term answer who will be a crucial blocker in the early going.
Kiper gave the Texans an A-, saying that Nix is a steal at No. 83 if he is in decent shape and that Houston's defensive front is now extremely versatile. ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli says Nix could start early. Ganguli also says Nix had a good attitude about his draft slide.
Best of the rest
ESPN.com' Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams says Chris Watt fills a need and could be an answer at right guard. ESPN.com Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure writes that Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff stands behind Prince Shembo. ESPN.com Giants reporter Dan Graziano says that Bennett Jackson is part of the franchise's character-driven plan. ESPN.com Lions reporter Michael Rothstein says that T.J. Jones could end up being a surprise in the slot.