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Notre Dame All-American Joe Alt Declares for 2024 NFL Draft

December 13, 2023

In perhaps the least shocking move of the Notre Dame offseason, All-American offensive lineman Joe Alt has declared for the 2024 NFL Draft and he will also skip the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. 

“What a ride it has been! From wearing 45 as a tight end to 76 as a left tackle,” Alt said in a statement. “I am truly grateful for all of the memories at this university and all of the friends made on and off the field. I want to thank God for the ability he has blessed me with and the opportunities he presented me with here at Notre Dame. Thank you to all my teammates who have allowed me to grow as a football player and as a man. Thank you to all of my coaches for their sacrifices to help me to develop in this sport and in life. Finally, I want to thank my parents and family. The conversations behind the scenes and motivation to push through adversity is what has gotten me here today. 

“Saturdays in Notre Dame Stadium playing for the Notre Dame fans is what I will remember the most. Truly the best fan base in America. 

“In my heart, I know it is time for me to take the next step on this journey. I would like to officially announce that I will be declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft and be opting out of the bowl game.

“I am excited to get down to El Paso to watch the Sun Bowl and support my Notre Dame family! Looking forward to seeing all of Irish Nation there!” 

The 6-foot-8, 322-pounder is projected to go in the Top 10 and even in the Top 5 in some early NFL Mock Drafts, which is reflected by being a finalist for the 2023 Lombardi Award. 

In 2023, Alt was named a captain and helped lead an offense that scored 61 touchdowns (tied for single-season program record), 5.3 yards per carry and 7.0 yards per play, which matched the most in program history. 

Alt was PFF’s highest-graded offensive lineman (more than 100 snaps) in 2023 as he finished at 91.0. 

The Minnesota native started an incredible 33 games at left tackle during his three-year stop at Notre Dame, which included making eight starts as a true freshman. 

In his final game for Notre Dame, Alt helped pave the way for 381 rushing yards, including 238 yards from Audric Estime, as the Irish beat Stanford 56-23. 

The Joe Alt File
2023 AP First Team All-American 
2023 Walter Camp First-Team All-American
2023 Sporting News First-Team All-American 
2023 PFF First-Team All-American
2023 FWAA First-Team All-American
2023 CBS Sports First-Team All-American
2023 USA Today Sports First-Team All-American
2023 The Athletic First-Team All-American
2023 Lombardi Award Semifinalist and Finalist
2023 Joe Moore Award Semifinalist
2022 Associated Press All-American – First Team
2022 Pro Football Focus All-American – First Team
2022 CBS Sports/247 Sports All-American – First Team
2022 Action Network All-American – First Team
2022 All-American – First Team
2022 The Sporting News All-American – Second Team
2022 FWAA All-American – Second Team
2022 Walter Camp All-American – Second Team
2022 AFCA All-American – Second Team
2022 The Athletic All-American – Second Team
2022 USA Today All-American – Second Team
2022 Pro Football Focus Midseason All-American – Second Team
2022 Joe Moore Award Midseason Honor Roll
2021 Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Watch List
2022 Pro Football Focus Freshman All-American

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