Projection of Notre Dame’s 2022 NFL Draft Picks

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With the NFL Draft just one day away, the rumors and smokescreens we’re all used to at this time of year are in full swing. This makes it difficult to sort through and uncover the truth, leaving a million different possibilities on the table.

For Notre Dame prospects eligible for this draft round, there has also been a ton of high draft slot variance, in part due to some uneven draft processes and an unusual volume of 2022 prospects. only a limited time to speculate, let’s make our last effort to predict where these former Irish stars might land.

Of course, fake drafts are never perfect. The range of outcomes is more what these forecasts aim for. Here are some spots that make sense:

8. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame

According to the mock drafts you frequent, Kyle Hamilton has been thrown anywhere in the top ten, including all the way to No. 2 overall for the Detroit Lions. The ground seems to be somewhere around the Washington Commanders’ No. 11 selection. The potential match with the Atlanta Falcons makes a lot of sense from multiple perspectives.

I’d like to be optimistic and put Hamilton as high as possible (which he deserves by the way) but some realism is needed, especially with the devaluation of the safety position in today’s NFL. A native of Georgia, Hamilton would present the perfect face for a Falcons defense hungry to make an impact on talent. There are currently more questions than answers when it comes to safety for the team and the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hamilton brings a lot of what they need.

Quarterback has been a position that has been linked to the Falcons recently, but it would be a major reach there. There is a legitimate argument that Hamilton is the most outstanding prospect in the class, regardless of his positional value. The Falcons land against their long-term defense.

87. Arizona Cardinals: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

With the cardinals saying goodbye to Chase Edmonds this offseason, the running back unit doesn’t have much dynamic ability to win in space. With James Conner leading the position, there is no need to find a high-volume runner. However, finding a niche weapon in the passing game is definitely a need on the list. That’s what Williams brings.

For as much as people made a massive deal out of his less than impressive performance at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, Williams brings a baseline as a pass catcher and pass protector that brings a massive floor to a team. He’s also a much better runner than you might think, bringing a nice combination of patience, vision and contact balance.

Despite being an Air Raid team, Kliff Kingsbury and Co. want to run football at a high success rate. They would also like to have a running back who can affect the passing game to a high degree. Williams ticks those boxes.

127. New England Patriots: Kevin Austin Jr., WR, Notre Dame

In a recent update on the site, there was a glimpse that the “massive rise of Kevin Austin Jr.” might not be as tangible as many have been led to believe. There’s a majority of late ratings for Austin, but we’ve seen teams have a habit of hitting the perceived advantage after dynamic testing.

The old adage that “it only takes one team” couldn’t be truer in this case. Ultimately, I believe a team takes a chance on Austin somewhere at the start of day three. When it comes to outlook, Austin falls somewhere between Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin in terms of projections. A team like the New England Patriots has been crying out for an influx of talent for quite some time.

Although they need a player who can produce now, Austin’s 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect is a good shot at darts at this point in the draft.

204. Tennessee Titans: Jack Coan, QB, Notre Dame

I’ve been pretty consistent here and I’ll say it again, I’d be very, very surprised if Jack Coan isn’t drafted at this point. Coan was rock solid through the process, winning the award for best quarterback present at the East-West Shrine Game. He then followed that up with a rock-solid performance at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine.

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The 6-foot-3, 220-pound caller has ticked boxes throughout the process and has a good baseline as a preferred backup to the next level. There may be limits to the draft as a long-term starter, but this baseline gives Coan a very good chance to get drafted. With the way Tennessee uses the play-action passing game, Coan seems like an ideal candidate for offense. He just strikes me as a player who never gets much attention but you are very comfortable with his role.

The most notable player missing from the list is the defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, which has been present in a few fictional seven-round drafts throughout the process. The news is that “MTA” is popular in NFL draft cycles, but his perceived low cap and tweener style could see him fall in the draft. Add to that an unusual volume of leads in 2022 and he could fall victim to the numbers game.

The 2022 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET. The event will run through Saturday, April 30 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Content of the Irish breakdown

Notre Dame List 2022
Schedule Notre-Dame 2022

Notre Dame 2023 Class Big Board
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Offense
Notre Dame 2023 Commits Board – Defense

Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2023
Notre Dame Scholarship Offers 2024

Ranking of signatories 2022 – Attack
Ranking of signatories 2022 – Defense

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