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Former Notre Dame Star Receives Big Injury News Before NFL Draft

Notre Dame's Jerry Tillery rushing the passer.

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 15: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rushes against Devin Cochran #77 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery is widely viewed as a first-round draft pick, but a shoulder surgery he got in March could cause his stock to drop. Fortunately for Tillery, the latest prognosis on the shoulder offers terrific news.

Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Tillery is ahead of schedule on his rehab following the shoulder surgery. Per the report, he is expected to be fully ready for all activities by early-July.

A three-year starter at Notre Dame after converting from an offensive tackle, Tillery has been the team's top defensive lineman for the last two seasons. His breakout campaign came as a junior in 2017, when he had 56 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

He improved on his pass rushing skills as a senior, recording another 8.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 7.0 sacks.

Despite the shoulder injury, Tillery was still able to make it through the combine just fine.

He finished the scouting combine with 23 bench reps, and a 4.93 40-time, an impressive time for a player his size.

Tillery is the No. 32 overall prospect on the Tankathon Big Board. The site has him projected to go No. 31 to the Los Angeles Rams.

If taken in the first round, Tillery would become the first Notre Dame defensive lineman to go in the round since Reynaldo Wynn was taken No. 21 overall by the Jaguars in 1997.