Trio makes eight

Seniors Prince Shembo, Bennett Jackson, and T.J. Jones round out an eight-spot of Irish selected in this year's NFL Draft.

Sixth all-time at the program with 19.5 career sacks, Shembo was selected in the fourth round (139 overall) by the Atlanta Falcons. A starter in each of his last 26 games and 35 during his Irish career, the former three-star prospect per was named Notre Dame's Defensive Player of the Year for the 2013 season.

A four-year starter, Jones was award the program's prestigious Monogram Club MVP in 2013 and finished his Irish career second only to Michael Floyd with 181 receptions. He ranks sixth in total receiving yards (2,429) and sixth in receiving scores (19).

Jackson like Jones concluded his career as a team captain. He ranked among the team's 10 best overall players during its run to 12-0 and a berth in the BCS Championship game during the 2012 season and was the second Irish player drafted this weekend to switch sides of scrimmage during his Irish career, moving from wide receiver as a 2010 freshman to cornerback for his final three seasons. (No. 52 pick overall Troy Niklas moved from linebacker after his freshman season to tight end for 2012-12.)

The trio rounded out an eight-player draft weekend for the Irish program, most since 10 were selected in 1994.

According to a release provided by Notre Dame athletics, the team'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. Top Stories