SOUTH BEND, Ind. (BVM) – In its illustrious history, Notre Dame has produced tight ends perhaps better than any other position. With over 20 TEs selected in the NFL draft since the start of the common draft era (1967), the Fighting Irish have a strong case for being the top pipeline for sending tight ends to the pros.
That trend will continue in this year’s draft as former Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer is set to be picked at some point during the festivities, possibly even in the first round. If Mayer is selected during the draft’s opening night, he would become just the sixth Fighting Irish tight end ever chosen in the first round.
Those five previous tight ends had varying degrees of success at the next level. While Mayer has yet to play an NFL snap, he could end up being the best first-round tight end in Fighting Irish history. Here are the five Notre Dame tight ends selected in the first round of the NFL draft since 1967.