Irish Influence at the Combine

Notre Dame had quite a few players that were invited to the combine. While I’m sad to see these players go, I’m so proud at the hard work and dedication that got these players invited to such a huge career changing event. I wanted to report on who went and how they all did.

Now I already reported on Te’o’s 40 time and how absolutely flaming mad I was about how he was being treated in regards to his time. So I won’t get on my soapbox again. It has been put away until probably later today when I get mad again and have to step back on it. If you haven’t read my rant and rave you can do so here.

Here is the 2013 NFL combine invite list for ND: Braxston Cave, Tyler Eifert, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Zeke Motta,Theo Riddick, Jamoris Slaughter, Matni Te’o, and Cierre Wood.

I’m going to post the results for each category as well as their grade. If you’re a little confused about the events and what they entail you can read my Combine 101 post, it explains the combine and everything that goes on.

In relation to the grade, I got this off of NFL.com  and it explains the grade and what it means.

96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played 
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter). 
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position. 
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential. 
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

 

Braxston Cave is a center. He’s 6’3 and weighs 303 pounds.

40 time: 5.33 seconds

Vertical Jump: 25.5 inches

Broad Jump: 98 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.81 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.71 seconds

Grade: 57.3

Tyler Eifert is a tight end. He’s 6’5 and weighs 250 pounds. Eifert was a top performer in each of his events at the combine.

40 time: 4.68 seconds

Bench Press: 22 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 119 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.32 seconds

60 Yard Shuttle: 11.52 seconds

Grade: 83.3

Kapron Lewis-Moore is a defensive end. He’s 6’4 and weighs 298 pounds.

Unfortunately, Kapron tore his ACL in the National Championship game and had surgery on it January 28th. He couldn’t perform any physical drills at the combine, but did attend and went through interviews.

Grade: 55.6

 


Zeke Motta is a strong safety. He’s 6’2 and weighs 213 pounds. He was a top performer in the broad jump and the vertical jump.

40 time: 4.83 seconds

Bench Press: 11 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches

Broad Jump: 126 inches

3 Cone Drill: 6.75 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.16 seconds

Grade: 71.2


Theo Riddick is a running back. He’s 5’10 and weighs 201 pounds.

40 time: 4.68 seconds

Vertical Jump: 32 inches

Broad Jump: 118 inches

Grade: 51.05

Jamoris Slaughter is a strong safety. He’s 6’0 and weighs 195 pounds.

Jamoris ruptured his Achilles tendon just this last season in the game against Michigan State. His injury ended his season and due to the lack of results for combine, I believe his injury prevented him from participating in any physical drills.

Grade. 59.7

Manti Te’o is an inside linebacker. He’s 6’1 and weighs 241 pounds.

40 time: 4.82 seconds

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Broad Jump: 113 inches

3 Cone Drill: 7.13 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.27 seconds

Grade: 87.5

Cierre Wood is a running back. He’s 5’11 and weighs 213 pounds. He was a top performer in both the vertical and broad jumps.

40 Time: 4.56 seconds

Bench Press: 16 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches

Broad Jump: 124 inches

Grade: 61.0

There you have it ladies! Your 2013 Fighting Irish NFL Draft prospects! (in my head, I’m clapping).

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