Then and Now

A look back at Notre Dame's nine graduates to land on a roster during, or after, the 2013 NFL Draft.

Notre Dame had six players selected in this weekend's draft, the most for the program since seven Irish were selected in 2007. The 2013 total is tied with 2001 and 2002 as the third-most this decade; seven former Irish were also selected in 2003.

Tight end Tyler Eifert's selection in the first round marked the first time since the 1993 and 1994 drafts that the program enjoyed back-to-back years with first-round picks (a whopping seven Notre Dame players were selected in those two drafts). Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith were selected No. 13 and No. 29 overall, respectively, last spring.

Below is a look at each of the nine Notre Dame players ready to compete at the next level.

Tyler Eifert -- #21 Overall (Cincinnati)

Set program records for receiving yards and receptions by a tight end and finished second to former three-time All-America Ken MacAfee for touchdowns at the position.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: Listed at 6'5" 217 pounds and with a reported 4.51 time in the 40-yard dash, Eifert received a three-star prospect designation as the No. 25 ranked tight end per Scout.com in 2009.

2012 Irisheyes.com Film Ranking: No. 3 player overall with eight regular season games among Notre Dame's top 10 players (per our film review) and three others earning honorable mention. Eifert added a Top 5 player designation per Irisheyes.com in the BCS Championship loss to Alabama.

Manti Te'o -- 2nd Round #38 Pick Overall (San Diego)

The five-star prospect exited the program among its most decorated players of all time and its first Heisman runner-up since Raghib Ismail in 1990.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: The five-star prospect was listed at 6'2" 225 with a 4.55 40-yard dash time, Te'o was ranked as the nation's No. 1 strong side linebacker recruit, the No. 6 prospect overall for 2009.

2012 Irisheyes.com Film Ranking: No. 1, and the only player to place as a Top 10 (10 games) or honorable mention player (2 games) in each of the team's 12 regular season games.

Jamoris Slaughter -- 6th Round, #175 (Cleveland)

The versatile defender sat out his true freshman season of 2008, played cornerback in 2009, safety in 2010, nickel and safety in 2011, then lost his 5th-year of 2012 to a ruptured Achilles in Week Three at Michigan State.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: Was the No. 11 ranked safety, No. 170 player overall, and a four-star prospect per Scout.com in 2008. Listed at 6'1" 180 pounds with a 4.50 time in the 40-yard dash.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: Played vs. Navy and missed extensive time vs. Purdue, then was lost on the first play of the second half in the team's Week Three upset win at Michigan State. Slaughter ranked No. 6 overall on the 2011 squad per Irisheyes.com.

Theo Riddick -- 6th Round #199 (Detroit)

Riddick led the 2012 national runner-up Irish in rushing yards, attempts, total first downs gained, and total touchdowns scored. He finished third in receptions and fourth in receiving yards.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: A four-star prospect, the No. 28 overall running back was listed at 5'10" 185 pounds with a reported 4.40 time in the 40-yard dash.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: No. 6 overall with a whopping nine Top 10 placements and an additional honorable mention notation.

Kapron Lewis-Moore -- 6th Round #200 (Baltimore)

A four-year starter after being withheld from action as a true freshman in 2008, Lewis-Moore finished with 180 career tackles including 22 for lost yardage. Tore his ACL during the BCS National Championship game.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: A three-star defensive end prospect in 2008, Lewis-Moore was the 32nd ranked player at his position per Scout.com. Was just 6'4" 225 pounds on National Signing Day 2009.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: No. 7 overall with seven Top 10 designations and two more honorable mention efforts.

Zeke Motta -- 7th Round #244 (Atlanta)

Began his Irish career on special teams, playing 166 snaps (third on the squad) under former head coach Charlie Weis. Motta started 29 games and never missed a contest in 51 opportunities.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: Was a four-star prospect in 2009 per Scout.com, though as a weak side linebacker where he placed 10th overall and No. 179 in the Scout.com 300. Motta was listed at 6'3" 210 pounds with a 4.65 time in the 40-yard dash.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: No. 8 overall with five top 10 mentions and four more on the honorable mention list.

Cierre Wood -- Undrafted, Signed with Houston

Finished his three years of competition with 2,447 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns (including two via the pass). He is, without peer, the most productive former freshman redshirt-running back in program history.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: A four-star prospect, the No. 54 player overall and sixth-ranked running back in 2009, Wood was listed at 6'0" 196 pounds with a 4.44 reported time in the 40-yard dash.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: No. 16 overall with five Top 10 player designations and one honorable mention effort. Wood missed the first two games due to suspension for a violation of team rules.

Braxston Cave -- Undrafted, Signed with Cleveland

Started 35 contests in the 39-game Brian Kelly era, missing the last four of 2011 due to a broken foot. Cave earned third-team All-America designation from the Associated Press last fall.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: Listed at 6'3" 292 pounds, Cave was the No. 2 ranked center in 2008 and a four-star prospect per Scout.com.

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: 15th, with two top 10 finishes and four honorable mention notations during film reviews.

Mike Golic, Jr. -- Undrafted, Signed with Pittsburgh

Received his first career start vs. Maryland as a senior in 2011 and went on to start the final 17 games of his Irish career.

Initial Scout.Com Rating: Ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 30 guard overall per Scout.com in 2008. Golic was listed at 6'5" 265 pounds and was the first pledge to the 2008 class (Cave was the second).

2012 Irisheyes.com Ranking: Ranked 20th overall with three top 10 finishes and an honorable mention effort during film reviews.


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