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Notre Dame Football: Irish lose two more defenders to the NFL Draft

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 14 Notre Dame at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are down a couple more defensive starters to the 2021 NFL Draft. Neither player is a surprise, but since we are keeping tabs on the “early exits” I’m dropping them here.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, the nation’s best linebacker in 2020 has played his last snap with the Irish and will set his eyes on the NFL. JOK is a potential first round selection as an edge player, and we expect his combine numbers to jump off the page.

Adetokunbo Ogundeji will follow WU to the NFL Draft this spring. Ade was of those 3-Star project players that worked out extremely well in South Bend. He was named a captain for the Irish in 2020 after flirting with a draft entry last year.

With Ade’s departure, Notre Dame will need to replace both starting defensive ends (Daelin Hayes) but they have been developing a deep rotation over the last several years, and should have the personnel to manage.

The void that Owusu-Koramoah leaves will be similar to what happened when guys like Drue Tranquill and Jaylon Smith left for the draft. It’s going to hurt a little bit, but Notre Dame is still doing a really good job here.

Obviously, we will have more news about transfers and draft entries throughout the week. After the majority of the expected players make their decisions, I’ll have a roster overlook post to see what the team may look like heading into the spring.