Expect Yankee Stadium to be full to the brim today as the Fighting Irish take on New York’s college football team, Rutgers. Louis Nix, the top pro-prospect and only first round choice from either team, won’t be playing in this game yet there are plenty of other second day selections from both sides of the ball.
Stephon Tuitt/DL/Notre Dame: I’ve been critical of Tuitt and while I think he’s a solid NFL prospect, in no way do I believe he’s a special player or top 10 choice as many predict. He offers terrific size, flashes athleticism and is dominant on occasion. Tuitt also looks clumsy at times, plays with little leverage and get handled at the point by tight ends. Tuitt is expected to enter the draft and comes with a large upside yet needs a lot of work and polish on his game. 2nd Round
Zack Martin/OL/Notre Dame: Polish is something Martin does not require as he’s an NFL ready prospect that’s been productive and durable on the college level. Holding down the left tackle spot for Notre Dame, he’s a technically sound blocker with a tremendous feel for the position. Martin stands out in pass protection and also shows skill blocking in motion but lacks classic left tackle measurables and may be pushed inside to guard. The Senior Bowl will be critical for Martin’s final draft grade but regardless, he comes with next level starting potential. 2nd/3rd
Brandon Coleman/WR/Rutgers: The big bodied receiver is coming off a hugely disappointing campaign and never seemed on his game or fully recovered from off season knee surgery. When running on all cylinders Coleman looks like a number one NFL wide out, controlling games with his big body while sneaking it down field on occasion. Coleman rolled the dice and announced he will enter the draft despite his woes in 2013. It’s a matter of hoping he gets his game back. 3rd Round
Kaleb Johnson/G/Rutgers: The versatile lineman has lined up at both left tackle and guard for Rutgers and is one of the better blockers people seem to forget. Johnson plays with excellent mechanics, moves well on his feet and controls opponents on the line of scrimmage or blocking in motion. He’ll be a fine fit for a zone blocking team when he enters the draft, which could be sooner rather than later. 3rd Round