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Notre Dame: Breaking Down Where Ben Koyack Landed on 1st 2015 NFL Draft Boards
USA TODAY Sports

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When the NFL draft ended Saturday night after seven rounds, Notre Dame football was in elite company.

Notre Dame’s eight draftees were tied with Alabama and second only to LSU for the most over the weekend.

The deep draft success marked the most Irish players drafted in one year during the Brian Kelly era. The previous high was six in 2013.

While Notre Dame’s overall presence at the draft was somewhat newfound and noteworthy relative to the last few years, the school continued an equally noteworthy performance in another areabut one that has come to be expected over the years.

When the Arizona Cardinals selected Troy Niklas with the 52nd pick, the school noted that Niklas became Notre Dame’s fifth consecutive starting tight end to be drafted in the first two rounds.

Such recent success, coupled with the long-term history—Niklas became the 12th tight end in program history to be chosen in the first or second round—has earned Notre Dame the nickname “Tight End U.”

So with Niklas gone, will Irish senior tight end Ben Koyack be next?

It’s early, but let’s check in on some 2015 rankings and mock drafts and evaluate Koyack’s prospects.

 

All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted.

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