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Notre Dame Football: Let’s Mock Early 2018 NFL Draft Predictions

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Hilariously inaccurate, Notre Dame nevertheless makes a splash in way-too-early looks at the next NFL Draft

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It’s only 516,960 minutes (or so) until the 2018 NFL Draft, so let’s mock some way-too-early predictions about the destinations of current Notre Dame Fighting Irish football players.

MIKE MCGLINCHEY

The 2017 draft class was largely considered a weak class for offensive linemen, so it may be no surprise that McGlinchey would be a hot commodity.

Four mock drafts have the 6-foot-8, 312 pound monster as the third overall pick. The NFL obviously hasn’t played its 2017 slate yet, so we have zero idea who will hold that pick. That hasn’t stopped analysts from speculating that the Jacksonville Jaguars or Los Angeles Rams will snap up the senior. Two mock analysts said McGlinchey would be protecting Mike Glennon (or Mitch Trubisky) with the Chicago Bears, while two others said the Carolina Panthers are going to get a big body to possibly protect Cam Newton’s blindside.

Mike McGlinchey’s Draft Position

Draft Analyst Publication Date McGlinchey at... Team
Draft Analyst Publication Date McGlinchey at... Team
Brad Weiss FanSided 5/1/17 3 Cleveland
Matt Burke Metro.us 4/30/17 3 Jacksonville
Matt Goul Cleveland.com 4/30/17 3 L.A. Rams
Paul M. Banks The Sports Bank 4/27/17 3 L.A. Rams
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 4/29/17 5 Chicago
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 5/1/17 6 Chicago
Jason McIntyre The Big Lead 5/1/17 6 Buffalo
Walter Cherepinsky WalterFootball.com 4/28/17 7 Cincinnati
Dan Kadar SB Nation 4/29/17 7 Jacksonville
Will Brinson CBS Sports 5/1/17 10 Jacksonville
Luke Easterling USA Today 4/30/17 10 Philadelphia
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 5/1/17 13 Miami
Connor Reilly SEC Country 5/1/17 13 Cincinnati
Eric Galko Sporting News 5/1/17 15 Tampa Bay
Joe Marino Fan Rag Sports 5/1/17 20 Minnesota
Randy Gurzi NFL Mocks 5/1/17 21 Carolina
Wayne Staats Land of 10 5/1/17 21 L.A. Chargers
Ryan McCrystal Bleacher Report 4/29/17 23 Carolina
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QUENTON NELSON

While McGlinchey is as much of a “sure thing” as any player can be 360 days before the draft, analysts were divided about whether guard Quenton Nelson is also a first round pick.

Although tackles are among the top paid offensive linemen, the average guard and the average tackle are, historically, both picked by No. 15.

Only SB Nation’s Dan Kadar thinks Nelson, at this point, is worthy a top-15 pick. Of the 18 mock drafts I found, six thought the 6-foot-5, 329 pound lineman wouldn’t be a first round pick.

Quenton Nelson’s Mock Draft Position

Draft Analyst Publication Date Nelson at... Team
Draft Analyst Publication Date Nelson at... Team
Dan Kadar SB Nation 4/29/17 12 Miami
Paul M. Banks The Sports Bank 4/27/17 16 Miami
Walter Cherepinsky WalterFootball.com 4/28/17 18 New York Giants
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 4/29/17 18 Denver
Matt Burke Metro.us 4/30/17 23 Miami
Jason McIntyre The Big Lead 5/1/17 23 Indianapolis
Will Brinson CBS Sports 5/1/17 25 Green Bay
Wayne Staats Land of 10 5/1/17 25 Detroit
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 5/1/17 26 Atlanta
Brad Weiss FanSided 5/1/17 30 Atlanta
Luke Easterling USA Today 4/30/17 30 Green Bay
Matt Goul Cleveland.com 4/30/17 30 Green Bay
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 5/1/17 Not first round
Connor Reilly SEC Country 5/1/17 Not first round
Eric Galko Sporting News 5/1/17 Not first round
Joe Marino Fan Rag Sports 5/1/17 Not first round
Randy Gurzi NFL Mocks 5/1/17 Not first round
Ryan McCrystal Bleacher Report 4/29/17 Not first round
@andrewwinn

EQUANIMEOUS ST. BROWN & JERRY TILLERY

SEC County’s Connor Reilly has rising junior Equanimeous St. Brown as a first round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, going No. 28 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports’ Dieter Kurtenbach believes Jerry Tillery will be a second round pick of the Chicago Bears. In his mock, the Bears take Notre Dame guys in the first two rounds, having selected McGlinchey third overall.

Poll

Which of these Notre Dame players is most likely a first round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Mike McGlinchey
    (562 votes)
  • 6%
    Quenton Nelson
    (43 votes)
  • 9%
    Equanimeous St. Brown
    (69 votes)
  • 1%
    Jerry Tillery
    (13 votes)
  • 1%
    Other (put name in the comments)
    (7 votes)
694 votes total Vote Now