From nondescript wide receiver to one of the top four running backs in the 2016 NFL draft.
It’s been a whirlwind transformation for former Notre Dame safety/wide receiver/running back C.J. Prosise, who continued his ascent Friday night when he was chosen with the 27th pick of the third round by the Seattle Seahawks.
Prosise was the 90th overall selection and the fifth Notre Dame player drafted in the first two days.
The 6-foot-0, 220-pounder from Petersburg, Va., is just the second Notre Dame running back selected in the last 11 NFL drafts. He is the highest to be chosen since the Dallas Cowboys tabbed Julius Jones in second round in 2004. (Theo Riddick was a sixth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2013.)
Prosise, who came to Notre Dame as a safety prospect, shifted to slot receiver his sophomore season where he caught seven passes for 72 yards in 2013.
As a junior, Prosise started six games and caught 29 passes for 516 yards and two touchdowns. It was during the 2014 season that he first flashed his running back skills. His 50-yard touchdown run against LSU in the Music City Bowl was a precursor of his transition to running back in ’15.
Prosise played in 10 games, starting nine, at running back in ’15, rushing for 1,032 yards, 11 touchdowns and a 6.6-yard average. He also added 26 receptions for 308 yards and a score as a senior. He eclipsed the 100-yard four times in ’15 – 155 at Virginia, 198 vs. Georgia Tech, 149 vs. UMass, 129 vs. Navy and 143 vs. USC.