May 9, 2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Rounds 2 & 3

Second Round

46th pick - Stephon Tuitt (DT) to Steelers: Stephon Tuitt becomes first Notre Dame player drafted by Pittsburgh Steelers since Malcolm Johnson was chosen in fifth round of 1999 draft. Stephon Tuitt is 35th all-time Irish player drafted by Pittsburgh. Only Chicago Bears (41 picks) have drafted more Notre Dame players. Announcement made by Notre Dame alum and former QB Terry Hanratty. He is the highest drafted defensive lineman since Renaldo Wynn went #21 in 1997 (to Jacksonville).

52nd pick - Troy Niklas (TE) to Arizona Cardinals: Troy Niklas follows Irish TEs Tyler Eifert, Kyle Rudolph, John Carlson (who is also currently with the Cardinals) and Anthony Fasano as the fifth straight starting TE to be picked in 1st or 2nd round since 2006 and the 12th tight end in school history to be taken in 1st or 2nd round. Troy Niklas becomes the first Notre Dame player drafted by Arizona since 2011 when the Cardinals selected Michael Floyd in the first round.

Third Round

83rd pick - Louis Nix III (NG) to Texans: First player drafted to Houston since 2004 when they selected Glenn Earl and Vontez Duff in 4th and 6th rounds. Louis Nix III is the 29th Notre Dame defensive lineman in school history to be taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft.

89th pick - Chris Watt (OG) to Chargers: Chris Watt is the highest drafted Irish offensive guard since the Green Bay Packers chose Aaron Taylor with 16th pick of the 1994 draft. He is the eighth ND offensive guard to be drafted in the top three rounds of the NFL Draft.

Notre Dame was the first school to have five players drafted (1 first, 2 second, 2 third). This would be the most players drafted in the first three rounds since the record setting seven players in 1994 (3 firsts, 1 second, 3 thirds). LSU would get a pick after Watt to tie ND with five picks in the first three rounds. The Big XII combined had less than five picks.

Most ND players taken in the first three rounds:

  1. 7 - 1994
  2. 6 - 1967, 1993
  3. 5 - 1946, 1955, 1978, 2014

Most ND players taken in the first two rounds:

  1. 6 - 1993
  2. 5 - 1967
  3. 4 - 1946, 1954, 1955, 1978, 1990, 1994
  4. 3 - 1949, 1969, 1972, 1980, 1991, 2014

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Posted On: 2014-05-13 00:15:53 by IrishTrpt07


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