May 3, 2016
The 2017 NFL draft will feature a few respectable Notre Dame prospects, but the Fighting Irish would need a few early declarations to match their 2016 success.
Ronnie Stanley and Jaylon Smith highlighted the elite talents from South Bend, while Will Fuller, Nick Martin and C.J. Prosise were among the first selected at their respective positions. Only Martin wasn’t an underclassman, however.
That exodus left Notre Dame’s roster with only a couple of NFL-caliber seniors. Unless the best draft-eligible prospects—redshirt sophomores or juniors—depart early, 2017 will be a quiet cycle for the Irish.
But if those youngsters—three of which are included on this list—forgo a final year or two of eligibility, Notre Dame will celebrate another respectable showing on Days 1 and 2.