The Notre Dame Fighting Irish held their Pro Day for the NFL Draft, which included 11 players that were invited to the “virtual NFL Combine” that was somehow a thing. Sixteen former Notre Dame players participated in the days events — including Jamir Jones and Chris Finke putting their skills out for NFL scouts to see after a year in the NFL system.
All of the results are below. Ben Skoronek did not do any of the exercises due to injury, and some players opted out of an event here and there for one reason or another.
A few of the standouts...
- Nick McCloud ran a blazing 4.37 40 yard dash.
- Liam Eichenberg put up 225 pounds 33 times on the bench.
- Robert Hainsey pit up 225 punds 32 times on the bench.
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah weighed in at 221 pounds and ran a 4.15 shuttle along with a 6.81 shuttle.
Ian Book opened up a few eyes on the day as he continually created some really nice testing numbers. He went into the day wanting to beat Baker Mayfield’s numbers — which he did — but he also topped DeShaun Watson as well.
They kept comparing Book to Baker Mayfield, but in terms of testing, it's better than Deshaun Watson.— Jamie Uyeyama (@jamieuyeyama) March 31, 2021
Broad jump: n/a
20-yard shuttle: 4.31 https://t.co/B4IWgScNpg
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was, of course, a big topic of conversation on the day. His athleticism, explosiveness, and god-like body are impossible to ignore.
Tommy Tremble seemingly increased his draft stock — which has continually gone up over the last couple of months. Tremble isn’t cut from the same type of mold for NFL tight ends — and that appears to be one of his best selling points right now. The best thing going for Tremble right now is that for certain offensive systems, he’s an absolute “must have” on the roster. That should allow him to get drafted fairly high, and by a team that wants to use all of the talents that he has to offer.
"A 4.59 (40-yard dash) for as young as Tremble is and how new he is to the position, that’s going to get teams excited.” — PFF lead draft analyst Mike Rennerhttps://t.co/hMqlVBzOh3— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) March 31, 2021
Liam Eichenberg was impressive throughout the day. Liam hasn’t given up a sack since the 5th game of the 2018 season, is a consensus All-American, and played 1⁄2 of a game without the use of his left eye — as a left tackle. Every starting left tackle for Brian Kelly during his time in South Bend has become a 1st round draft pick, and he made a case for Eichenberg:
Here's Brian Kelly's full quote on Liam Eichenberg. This is the complete "not a left tackle" one that made some rounds on here earlier today. Think it deserves some full context: pic.twitter.com/kTI6lpOPBU— Patrick Engel (@PatrickEngel_) March 31, 2021
Now we get 4 more weeks of speculation and ever-changing mock drafts before Day 1-Round 1 of the NFL Draft on April 29th.
Waiting on the Notre Dame leggings mom to write the Observer to condemn these half-naked bodies as distractions to her sons.... pic.twitter.com/nrOsGmaqtY— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) March 31, 2021