The first night of the 2018 NFL Draft was joyous a night for fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Two Irish players, Quenton Nelson (Indianapolis Colts) and Mike McGlinchey (San Francisco 49ers) went in the top 10 of the first round. Notre Dame was the only school in the country to claim that honor, and it was just a night filled with power high fives and good feelings.
Night number two... not so much. There are three other Irish players with a real possibility of being drafted; tight end Durham Smythe, running back Josh Adams, and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown. None of those three were expected to go in the first two rounds, but there remained a chance that St. Brown would be picked up in the third round.
That didn’t happen. Ten wide receivers were drafted in the first three rounds as compared to the fourteen that were drafted in 2017 (with 5 more available picks last year).
I don’t believe St. Brown will slip past the fourth round, but if he does, he will get drafted in the fifth. Mel Kiper has Equanimeous as the 3rd best receiver left in the draft.
Potential spots for #NDFB WR Equanimeous St. Brown in Round 4 tomorrow:— Jude (@andrewwinn) April 28, 2018
#101 & #133 GB (Combine mtg)
#105 Chicago (Private workout)
#107 N.Y. Jets
#116 & #137 Dallas (Combine mtg)
#119 L.A. Chargers (Combine mtg)
#127 New Orleans (Combine mtg)
#134 Arizona (Combine mtg)
Josh Adams is a little harder to predict, and Durham Smythe is even tougher. I still believe both will be drafted before the end of the seven round draft, but there has been zero whispers about where either could end up.
Guys like Nyles Morgan and Greer Martini are still predicted to go undrafted and seek out the free agent market.
Even with the donut for Friday night, having 5 guys drafted is still a pretty good class. In fact, the first round picks that Notre Dame had on Thursday night helped separate itself from most of the other schools in the country.
With eight first round picks since 2012, Notre Dame ranks tied for fourth among FBS schools over the span.— Michael Bertsch (@NDsidBertschy) April 27, 2018
By comparison, the Irish had four first-round selections from 1995-2011...#BertschyBits#NFLDraft
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s action as we all cheer for these guys to make their dreams come true.