Notre Dame may not have had the number of elite prospects at its pro day this year that it has grown accustomed to in the past (outside of QB Jimmy Clausen, who scheduled a separate workout on April 9), but it’s still a prime destination for NFL talent evaluators.
Scouts were served a big breakfast before the Tuesday workouts and all were made to feel wanted. Despite the absence of likely first-round talent, there were still several solid prospects on display.
WR Golden Tate (5-foot-10 1/2, 202 pounds) is probably going to hear his name called in the second round, and caught the ball well in position drills. He stood on the rest of his workout numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine.
Tate was cheered on by Clausen, who came to the event to show his support. In return, Tate will catch passes from Clausen at his April 9 pro day. Clausen spoke with NFL.com and said he ran for the first time on Monday and is recovering well from toe surgery. He expects to be ready for his pro day.
On to the rest of the noteworthy prospects:
OL Sam Young (6-7 7/8, 315) had a 9-foot, 1-inch broad jump and did position drills, but stood on the rest of his combine numbers.
OL Eric Olsen (6-4, 301) did position drills.
S Kyle McCarthy (5-11 3/4, 203) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 and 4.54 seconds and had a 6.50-second three-cone drill.
– Gil Brandt