SmithThere’s an abundance of top 100 talent in South Bend and a host of middle round choices on the Irish roster which has scouts intrigued. Late round picks can be found at BYU though the team does offer legitimate next level prospects. 

 

 

 

Notre Dame/BYU


Rnd


Full Name


School


Pos


Yr

1st

Jaylon Smith

Notre Dame

OLB

3Jr

1st

Ronnie Stanley

Notre Dame

T

5Sr

2nd

Keivarae Russell

Notre Dame

CB

4Sr

3rd

Tarean Folston

Notre Dame

RB

3Jr

3rd

Max Redfield

Notre Dame

S

3Jr

3-4

Will Fuller

Notre Dame

WR

3Jr

4th

Sheldon Day

Notre Dame

DT

4Sr

4th

Isaac Rochell

Notre Dame

DE

3Jr

4th

Corey Robinson

Notre Dame

WR

3Jr

4th

Jarron Jones

Notre Dame

DT

4Sr

5th

Taysom Hill

BYU

QB

3Jr

6th

Nick Martin

Notre Dame

G

5Sr

6th

Jamaal Williams

BYU

RB

4Sr

6th

Christopher Brown

Notre Dame

WR

4Sr

6th

Elijah Shumate

Notre Dame

S

4Sr

6th

Romeo Okwara

Notre Dame

DE

4Sr

7-FA

Ryker Mathews

BYU

T

5Sr

FA

Amir Carlisle

Notre Dame

WR

5Sr

FA

Bronson Kaufusi

BYU

DE

4Sr

FA

Cole Luke

Notre Dame

CB

3Jr

FA

Austin Heder

BYU

OLB

3Jr

FA

Everett Golson

FSU*

QB

5Sr

FA

Matthias Farley

Notre Dame

S

5Sr

FA

Joseph Schmidt

Notre Dame

ILB

4Sr

FA

Mitch Mathews

BYU

WR

5Sr

FA

Jarrett Grace

Notre Dame

ILB

5Sr

FA

Manoa Pikula

BYU

ILB

5Sr

Notes

Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith looks and plays the part of a top 15 choice. He’s an explosive linebacker who displays terrific athleticism on the field and is very effective in space, playing in coverage or chasing in pursuit. He could brush up his instincts but Smith offers tremendous upside.

Though I like Ronnie Stanley I’m not in love with his game compared to others. He offers terrific size and strength but I see a lot of stiffness and some struggles in pass protection.

My 3rd round grade on Keivarae Russell is based on his 2013 film as during that summer I saw a shutdown cornerback with tremendous ball skills. Hopefully he returns to prior form.

Keep an eye out for safety Max Redfield. He flashed skill last season as a complete secondary prospect and comes with a large upside.

I’ve seen some very early grades handed to Sheldon Day and though I like him as a college player I do not believe he’s a great pro-prospect. He’s mainly a hustle defender but measures under 6-feet, 1-inch/280-pounds and is a scheme specific prospect with limitations.

I do like the upside of Isaac Rochell and Jarron Jones and was looking for big seasons from both which would result in a big move up draft boards. As most are aware Jones will be sidelined this season with a knee injury.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, becomes of Ishaq Williams. I graded him as a potential middle round pick after the 2013 campaign but the defensive lineman/outside linebacker was suspended by Notre Dame in 2014 and most recently was denied his request to play this season by the NCAA. Williams is definitely a next level prospect who should seek a waiver for a special supplemental draft by the NFL in the hopes of being placed on a practice squad this fall.

BYU

Taysom Hill is a smart, tough signal caller with better than average arm strength. He consistently makes proper reads and decisions behind the line of scrimmage or when running the ball. Were he two inches taller he’s a top 45 pick. His return to form from his injury of last season will dictate his draft grade.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear some area scouts have stamped Ryker Mathews as a potential late round pick. After his freshman season I graded Mathews as a possible third round offensive tackle but his game has leveled off to the point of regressing the past two seasons. Mathews has the underlying skill to play on Sunday if he steps it up on Saturday.

I was equally surprised to be told few area scouts grade Jamaal Williams as draftable, a mistake in my opinion. Though the running back has had injury issues he’s talented and a multi-skilled ball carrier who can be used in a variety of roles as a rotational back at the next level.

Opinions on Bronson Kafusi are all over the place. Some scouts feel he’s late round worthy while others believe he won’t make it out of May camp. At the top of his game Kafusi has shown himself to be a difference maker but two things hurt him last season including 1) an ankle injury 2) playing out of position. The ankle issue speaks for itself but for most of the film I watched Kafusi stood up over tackle and he’s much better served coming out of a three point stance.