In terms of NFL Draft declarations, DaVaris Daniels did his in virtual silence.
On Monday the NFL released the names of all underclassmen who had declared for the NFL Draft with the now former Notre Dame receiver’s name included. Daniels was suspended last spring for an academic issue. He was then swept up in the academic misconduct investigation last fall that turned into a two-semester suspension that runs through this spring.
Daniels would have been eligible to apply to return to the University next summer alongside Keivarae Russell and Ishaq Williams but has instead jumped into the NFL Draft pool. His competition for draft selection just among underclassmen includes Jaelen Strong (Arizona State), Dorial Green-Beckham (Missouri/Oklahoma), Devin Funchess (Michigan), George Farmer (USC), Stefon Diggs (Maryland), Amari Cooper (Alabama) and Nelson Agholor (USC).
Daniels projects as a Day Three pick in draft’s final three rounds.
Daniels played just two seasons at Notre Dame, taking a virtual academic red-shirt as a freshman alongside Everett Golson before developing into a semi-reliable second option as a sophomore and junior.
He finished his collegiate career with 80 catches for 1,235 yards and seven touchdowns. That run included three 100-yard games, which included the BCS National Championship Game loss to Alabama.
Daniels’ departure means he’s the fifth member of Notre Dame’s 2011 recruiting class to declare early for the NFL Draft, following Troy Niklas, Stephon Tuitt, George Atkinson III and Aaron Lynch. The originally 23-man class also lost Brad Carrico and Tony Springmann to injury with the careers of Jarrett Grace, Chase Hounshell, Ben Councell and Conor Hanratty also severely limited by injuries.