Eight ND Players Selected in NFL Draft

Notre Dame Football | May 11, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics

Notre Dame - NFL Draft 2014

Offensive tackle Zack Martin was selected with the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and was the first Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. He became the 64th former Notre Dame player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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Former University of Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt was selected with the 46th overall pick (14th choice of round two) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and was the second Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. 

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Former University of Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas was selected with the 52nd overall pick (20th choice of round two) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals and was the third Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. He is the fifth-straight Irish starting tight end to get chosen in the top-two rounds and seventh since 1992 - a feat no other program in the country can approach. 

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Former University of Notre Dame defensive lineman Louis Nix III was selected with the 83rd overall pick (19th choice of round three) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans and was the fourth Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. 

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Former University of Notre Dame offensive guard Chris Watt was selected with the 89th overall pick (19th choice of round three) in the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and was the fifth Fighting Irish player taken in this year's draft. Watt is the highest drafted Irish offensive guard since the Green Bay Packers chose Aaron Taylor with the 16th pick of the 1994 draft. 

Read more: Chris Watt selected 89th overall

Former University of Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (139th overall), cornerback Bennett Jackson was taken by the New York Giants in the sixth round (187th overall) and wide receiver TJ Jones was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. The trio gives the Irish eight draft picks for the first time since 1994 when Notre Dame had 10 players selected.

Notre Dame's eight selections in the top 200 picks of the NFL Draft were only equaled by Alabama and LSU. With Shembo and Jackson getting drafted, the starting defense that led the Irish to the 2013 BCS National Championship game has seen eight starters drafted over the last two seasons. 

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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