Notre Dame’s nine overall NFL Draft picks give it 520 in program history

Four Notre Dame Football names were selected on the third day of the 2021 NFL Draft Saturday, giving the Irish a three-day total of nine players drafted to NFL teams. Notre Dame’s nine overall NFL Draft picks give it 520 in program history, the most of any school in the history of the draft.

Quarterback Ian Book was the first Notre Dame player to hear his name called on Saturday, as he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 28th pick of the fourth round (133rd overall).

Defensive lineman Daelin Hayes was taken by the Baltimore Ravens with the 27th pick of the fifth round (171st overall). He was followed by fellow defensive lineman Ade Ogundeji who was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 38th pick of the fifth round (183nd overall).

Wide receiver Ben Skowronek rounded out the 2021 Irish draft haul as he was selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 22nd pick in the seventh round (249th overall).

Notre Dame’s nine picks marked the most in the Brian Kelly era and the most since 10 Irish were selected in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Book led the Irish to their second appearance in the College Football Playoffs in the last three years in 2020, on his way to becoming the all-time winningest quarterback in Notre Dame history. In his final season at Notre Dame, Book completed 228-of-353 passes, good for 2,830 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Book, a rare two-time team captain, garnered a number of national accolades in 2020. He was named the 2020 Pop Warner College Football Award winner. He was also tabbed as a finalist for the Manning Award, as well as being selected to the Top 10 for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. In addition to being a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, he was named to the award’s Great 8 list four times. Book was additionally selected as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, also earning ACC Quarterback of the Week following the Pitt game and Manning Award Star of the Week following the Boston College game. On top of it all, he was also selected as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.

Book will join fellow former Irish Tony Jones Jr. (running back) in New Orleans.
Hayes, a 2020 team captain, was a standout for the Irish both on the field and in the community. He was the 2020 winner of the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award and was a finalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year for his work off the field.

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On the field, Hayes had 17 total tackles, including 6.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.0 sacks. Hayes also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery. He was credited with three quarterback hurries and one interception in his final season in South Bend. He earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors and was the game ball recipient following the Irish’s win over Georgia Tech.

Hayes joins a pair of Irish in Baltimore as Miles Boykin (wide receiver) and Ronnie Stanley (offensive line) are with the Ravens.

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