Notre Dame Football: Who Is Replacing Every Former Irish Taken in 2014 NFL Draft

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Notre Dame Football: Who Is Replacing Every Former Irish Taken in 2014 NFL Draft
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Notre Dame football just finished its best NFL draft weekend in 20 years. Now it needs to figure out how to replace the eight players that were drafted. 

No area of Notre Dame's roster went unscathed. On the offensive line, it's not just replacing Zack Martin, Notre Dame's highest-drafted offensive lineman since Andy Heck was taken 15th in 1989. But Chris Watt was taken in the third round by the Chargers, proof that Watt was one of college football's most underrated competitors. 

Troy Niklas and TJ Jones are two keys in the passing game that need replacing. Without them, Everett Golson only recognizes the soon-to-be returning DaVaris Daniels while breaking in a slew of new young receivers. 

Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix, even with draft-day slides, were one of the most intimidating defensive line pairings in college football. And the back two levels of the Irish defense also lose key contributors, with captain Bennett Jackson gone from the secondary and pass-rusher Prince Shembo gone at outside linebacker. 

Let's take a look at who will replace the Irish draftees. 

 

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