The NFL draft will present plenty of opportunities for young players to fulfill their dream. Football players from Notre Dame haven’t garnered a ton of interest from the NFL in years, mainly because their teams haven’t been that competitive. Former Notre Dame grad and All-Pro NFL running back Jerome Bettis talked to Bleacher Report about some Notre Dame grads hoping to hear their names called by Roger Goodell in April.
First, he talked about a guy on everyone’s radar, even the Heisman voters. Manti Te’o has been a huge part of his team’s success this season. After a tough stretch of years for the Fighting Irish, they find themselves in the national championship game ranked No. 1 in the nation. Te’o could easily go in the top 10 or 15, according to Bettis. Certainly, his performance in the championship game will do a lot to determine just how high he is taken in the first round.
Another Notre Dame grad looking to hear his name called in April is tight end Tyler Eifert. Bettis said Eifert reminded him of another recent Notre Dame tight end who was taken in the draft in 2011. Kyle Rudolph, starting tight end for the Minnesota Vikings, has really done well for himself, and Bettis said that Eifert seems to have a similar skill set as his predecessor in South Bend.
Next, Bettis told us a bit about a couple of Irish running backs. Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick are a couple of guys hoping to hear their names called in April. Wood is 6’1”, 215 lbs., and Riddick is 5’11”, 200 lbs. Both have potential, but Bettis doesn’t expect them to go any higher than in the middle rounds of the Draft.
Check it out as “The Bus” talks about these four prospects from his former alma mater.