Notre Dame had a strong showing and blew away scouts at the NFL Combine last season. Most notably, Miles Boykin put up eye popping numbers and had a rise in his draft stock. Now this crop of Notre Dame players are looking to raise the bar.
When Claypool finished his 2018 season, many felt like he didn’t quite hit that level we all hoped he would. Everyone could see the potential, he just needed the next step.
Hitting the next level happened in 2019. Claypool only had 16 more catches in 2019 compared to 2018. However that resulted in 400 more yards and nine more touchdowns.
Looking towards the combine and Claypool is already starting to generate buzz. He put on nine more pounds since the Senior Bowl and weighed in as the heaviest WR in the class. Most are expecting him to have a similar workout to former Irish receiver, Miles Boykin. Boykin turned heads with a dominant combine performance in 2018.
Claypool running a 4.5 40 and showing off an impressive vertical could send him climbing up draft boards. There has been talk that he could move to tight end in the NFL. The added weight on his already huge frame and his mismatch ability could make him a Jimmy Graham type threat. Some have mentioned Claypool could work himself somewhere in the late 2nd to 3rd rounds with a strong showing. A willingness to move to TE could also have him having his name called early.
Troy Pride is known for his speed and being a high end talent at corner. He balled out at the Senior bowl and even had scouts mention he fixed a lot of his weaknesses from the season. While Pride has been working on his game, he also has another goal in mind.
“I’m always going to hold myself to the highest level, so my goal is 4.2,” Pride said, as in 4.2 seconds in the 40. “I’ve always trained for that aspect. I’ve always wanted to be on that short list of individuals that has done that.”Via NDInsider
Not only would that be the fastest time for a corner and Notre Dame player, but that would break the fastest time ever record. Official records for the combine have been kept since 2006 and John Ross holds the fastest 40 time at 4.22 in 2017.
Pride had to push himself out of his comfort zone in 2019 but he was still an excellent corner. His stats match up or exceed some of the top corners in the country despite the lack of praise. Pride breaking the record and showing off his elite speed would send him soaring up draft boards come April.
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Notre Dame has nine players that will be at the combine. Most mock drafts have Cole Kmet as the best tight end and a first round pick. Okwara is also a fringe first to second round draft pick. (Okwara will be limited to the bench press because of injury)
Other players like Kareem, Finke, Gilman, Jones Jr and Elliot are looking to have strong showings and try to improve their stock as well. Kareem has floated from a second to fourth round pick in most mock drafts. The rest have been projected as fifth round to undrafted.
The combine will take place over this week with the weigh-ins taking place Monday.
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