Notre Dame Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Irish Stars

Keith Arnold@@KeithArnoldNotre Dame Lead WriterFebruary 18, 2015

Notre Dame Football: Tracking 2015 NFL Combine Results for Former Irish Stars

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    Usually having just three players invited to the NFL scouting combine would be a concern for the health of a football program. But in Notre Dame's case, it's a sign that the Irish expect big things in 2015. 

    Kicker Kyle Brindza, suspended wide receiver DaVaris Daniels and tight end Ben Koyack will all be in Indianapolis this week, hoping to prove to scouts and general managers that they deserve a chance to play on Sundays. 

    After being a part of a star-studded 2011 recruiting class, the Irish trio look to join classmates George Atkinson (Raiders), Aaron Lynch (49ers), Troy Niklas (Cardinals) and Stephon Tuitt (Steelers) in the NFL. 

    Let's get you prepared for what Brindza, Daniels and Koyack face while updating you as they go through testing and position drills. 

Kyle Brindza

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    Notre Dame's record-setting field goal kicker and punter looked like a lock to have an NFL career until a second-half slump turned his place-kicking into a fire drill. Brindza made only 14 of 24 field goal attempts in 2014—a career-worst percentage. 

    Brindza's reputation—not to mention his versatility—still earned him an invite to Indianapolis, but he'll need to show that his inaccuracy is behind him and his leg strength is elite. Brindza is listed as a place-kicker, though he averaged 41.5 yards per punt in 2014, his second full-time season in South Bend handling both duties. 

    Brindza ended his career with a game-winning field goal against LSU, walking off on a high note after struggles with both kicks and holds made every attempt an adventure. A big week will likely give him a chance to earn an invite to training camp, where he'll compete for a job. 

    Results

    Official measurements: 6'1", 236 pounds, 33 1/4" arm length, 10" hands

    40-Yard Dash: N/A

    Bench Press: 14 reps

    Vertical Jump: N/A

    Broad Jump: N/A

    Three-Cone Drill: N/A

    20-Yard Shuttle: N/A

    60-Yard Shuttle: N/A

DaVaris Daniels

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    After missing the 2014 season because of an academic suspension, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels comes to Indianapolis needing to have a big week. With only two seasons of adequate play on tape for teams to evaluate, Daniels needs to flash the type of speed and athleticism that'll help teams ignore the ups and downs of his time in South Bend.  

    In addition to missing last season, Daniels was suspended from the university for the spring semester following the 2013 season due to academic issues. While that off-field demerit is hardly equal to more serious issues other prospects face, it certainly will be discussed in draft rooms. 

    Injuries also plagued Daniels during his two seasons of competition. He broke his collarbone in 2012 and battled plantar fasciitis in 2013. When healthy, he showed big-play ability and was a rare bright spot in the BCS title game against Alabama, catching six balls for 115 yards. 

    Results

    Official measurements: 6'1", 201 pounds, 31 1/4" arm length, 9" hands

    40-Yard Dash: 4.62

    Bench Press: 13 reps

    Vertical Jump: 37 inches

    Broad Jump: 122 inches

    Three-Cone Drill: N/A

    20-Yard Shuttle: N/A

    60-Yard Shuttle: N/A

Ben Koyack

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    Koyack's senior season included the game-winning touchdown catch against Stanford. It also saw the complementary tight end take on full-time duty in the Irish offense, with Koyack holding down the starting job after Troy Niklas left for the NFL early. 

    Yet Koyack still has work to do this week, especially after a less than impressive Senior Bowl, where Koyack struggled as a blocker and didn't do anything to help his cause as a pass-catcher. While his 30 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns made for a nice year, film showed some of the same struggles throughout the season. 

    Following a long line of Irish successes in the NFL, Koyack will need a big week in Indianapolis to be more than a late-round pick. 

    Results

    Official measurements: 6'5", 255 pounds, 32 5/8" arm length, 10 3/4" hands

    40-Yard Dash: N/A

    Bench Press: N/A

    Vertical Jump: N/A

    Broad Jump: N/A

    Three-Cone Drill: N/A

    20-Yard Shuttle: N/A

    60-Yard Shuttle: N/A