Notre Dame had one of its best seasons under Brian Kelly en route to the team's first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Now, several of his charges from this past season are poised to get their names called in April.
Per a recent mock draft done by NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter, at least three Notre Dame players are projected to go in the first three rounds. The players Reuter has identified are cornerback Julian Love, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, and tight end Alize Mack.
Reuter has Love projected to go to the Detroit Lions with the 43rd pick of the draft. He also has Tillery to go to the Atlanta Falcons with the 45th pick, and Mack to go to the Tennessee Titans with the 51st pick.
Love was a versatile defensive back for Notre Dame during his three years as a starter. He five interceptions, 6.0 tackles for loss, 176 total tackles, and 39 passes defended in 38 games played. On Love to the Lions:
Detroit adds a pass-breakup machine to a secondary that had just seven interceptions and gave up a passer rating of 102.7 in 2018.
Tillery played at Notre Dame for four years, but really saw his production ramp up in 2017. In his final two seasons, he recorded a combined 11.5 sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and over 80 tackles.
Mack averaged over 10.0 yards per catch during his three years with the team. But at 6-foot-5 and 247 pounds in college, he has the ideal frame for a modern NFL tight end.
All three players are expected to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.