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PFF Pre-Combine Top-50 Draft Board Has 3 Notre Dame Draft Prospects

February 26, 2019
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The NFL Combine starts this week and several prospects have already arrived in Indianapolis. 

Pro Football Focus released its Top 50 athletes for the 2019 NFL Draft and Notre Dame was well-represented. 

Defensive lineman Jerry Tillery comes in at No. 11 on the list. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder racked up 28 tackles, 8.5 tackle for loss and 7.0 sacks in 2018. 

PFF on Tillery: “Tillery tied (Quinnen) Williams for the highest pass-rushing grade among interior d-linemen in college football. Tillery’s sack totals don’t tell the whole story as he was a dominant week in and week out.”

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PFF Draft Preview - Jerry Tillery 

Cornerback Julian Love could be one of the players with the most to gain at the NFL Combine as a 4.4 40-yard dash could have him ascending up draft boards. 

As the No. 40 player on PFF’s draft board, the stats speak for themselves as he made 176 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, five interceptions and set the Notre Dame record for pass breakups with 39. 

PFF on Love: “Love’s 21 forced incompletions were the sixth most in college football last season and his 14 coverage stops ranked 10th.”

Irish Sports Daily
PFF Draft Preview - Julian Love 

Linebacker Te’von Coney rounds out the Notre Dame guys as the South Florida native checks in at No. 46. 

Coney was credited with 123 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and one interception in 2018 as he helped lead the Irish to the College Football Playoff. 

PFF on Coney: “Coney had the fourth-highest coverage grade among eligible linebackers while also adding value as a pass-rusher with 20 pressures on just 76 pass-rushing snaps last year.”

Irish Sports Daily
PFF Draft Preview - Te’von Coney

PFF Top 20
1. QB Kyler Murray - Oklahoma
2. DE Nick Bosa - Ohio State
3. DL Quinnen Williams - Alabama
4. OL Jonah Williams - Alabama
5. DE/LB Josh Allen - Kentucky
6. CB Byron Murphy - Washington 
7. CB DeAndre Baker - Georgia
8. DL Jeffery Simmons - Mississippi State 
9. CB Greed Williams - LSU
10. QB Dwayne Haskins - Ohio State 
11. DL Jerry Tillery - Notre Dame
12. LB Devin White - LSU
13. OL Andre Dillard - Washington State 
14. DE Brian Burns - Florida State 
15. OL Jawaan Taylor - Florida
16. DE Jachai Polite - Florida 
17. DL Christian Wilkins - Clemson
18. WR D.K. Metcalf - Ole Miss
19. OL Dalton Risner - Kansas State
20. DL Dre'mont Jones - Ohio State

 
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