The professional futures of a select group of former Notre Dame players will begin Wednesday in Indianapolis.
The annual NFL Scouting Combine, which runs this year from Feb. 19-25, will showcase the best available talent for the upcoming NFL draft in May.
Nine of those prospects hail from Notre Dame, giving the Irish the third-most invitees behind Alabama (13) and LSU (11). The event is an all-encompassing test of prospects' athletic and mental abilities, and includes rounds of interviews with management personnel from prospective teams.
For those players who may have flown under the radar during their collegiate careers, the combine serves as an opportunity to prove to those in the professional ranks that they're worthy of a draft choice or, at least, an unsigned free-agent deal.
For Notre Dame, the hope is to have each of its players in this combine class impress the scouts, general managers and coaches in attendance.
The former Fighting Irish invitees include the following:
- Troy Niklas, TE
- George Atkinson III, RB
- Louis Nix, DT
- Prince Shembo, LB
- TJ Jones, WR
- Chris Watt, OL
- Zack Martin, OL
- Stephon Tuitt, DE
- Bennett Jackson, CB