The season was tough for Notre Dame fans as they went through the transition of firing head coach Charlie Weis and hiring his replacement, Brian Kelly. Even though the Fighting Irish broke even with a record of 6-6, it will not slow down the persistance of a school dedicated to its athletic program and its students. With the closing of the year, Notre Dame still was able to send many of its players into the 2010 NFL Draft. Here are the top 3 NFL Draftees for 2010.
Jimmy Clausen announced after his junior year that he would enter the 2010 NFL Draft along with wide reciever Golden Tate. Although Clausen has stood strong all 3 years of his football career, his move to join his team mates as an NFL draftee has been met with much controversy. Some fans see him as inexperienced, lacking his senior year of playing time which puts him at a disadvantage over some of his other quarterback counterparts.
Jimmy Clausen's stats are very solid and his tall physique gives him the priority to see the field in its full entirity. He also has the support and reassurance of former head coach Charlie Weis, which Clausen said "Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out."
Along with the strong support of the coaching staff, Clausen put his name in the record books, passing the record for all-time pass percentage completions at Notre Dame. The junior quarterback is projected as a first-round draft pick, possibly being picked by the Cleveland Browns or the St. Louis Rams.
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Golden Tate, Notre Dame's star wide reciever said he would be joining Jimmy Clausen in the 2010 NFL Draft. Like Clausen, he is a junior... and a fast one at that! The 5-11 wide out seems to be an ideal college football reciever weighing in at 195lbs.
In the 2007 season Tate was 1 of 8 players to start in all 12 games for Notre Dame. He quickly became an asset to the team not just as a wide reciever, but returning kick-offs. Golden Tate's all-time average was 21.7 yards per carry on the kick-off return squad, making him a powerful duel-positioned player. He is projected as a first-round draft pick for 2010.
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Weighing in at 310lbs, Eric Olsen is no offensive linemen taken lightly. The big guy is rated 6 out of 96 centers in NCAA Division I, and also participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. He has a tall and lean physique, with a height of 6-4.
In 2008 Olsen started in all 13 games as an offensive guard for Notre Dame and also made 61 special teams appearances. In his 2007 season he was a back-up right offensive guard for 5 of the first 6 games of the season, then brandished the title of starting offensive guard which began in their game against Boston College.
Eric Olsen is projected as a sixth-round draft pick for 2010. His stock might rise once the start of the Combine.
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