Notre Dame Tight End Tyler Eifert Returning for Senior Year

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Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert will remain at Notre Dame for his senior year and not enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

Eifert graded out as a third round prospect by the draft committee, just the perfect place to make the decision a very gray area. He will not follow in the footsteps of Kyle Rudolph, who had a very easy decision in declaring for the draft last year. Rudolph graded out as a first round prospect, and left South Bend to become a Minnesota Vikings’ second round pick.

A 2011 first-team All-American, Eifert led FBS tight ends with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards. He broke Notre Dame’s record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end.

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Iowa Hawkeyes Star Riley Reiff Declares for NFL Draft

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Iowa Hawkeyes junior offensive tackle Riley Reiff announced he will enter the 2012 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of college football eligibility.

He figures to be a first round pick, possibly going in the top 10-15.

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Breaking: Illini LB Martez Wilson Entering NFL Draft

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And the first of the three Illinois Fighting Illini dominoes falls. Linebacker Martez Wilson, the player with the lowest draft stock of the three, is declaring for the NFL Draft. This is a big surprising to me, as he had a good, but not great season in 2010. And his junior season was much more productive than his other two years in school.

Still, you know the NFL scouts love measurables and potential as much if not more than on-the-field resume, so maybe Tez should try his luck. No word on Corey Liuget yet, but rumors are he’s leaving. We have also heard nothing definitive on the Mikel Leshoure front as of yet.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan:

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Badgers J.J. Watt Declares for NFL Draft


Prior to the Badgers’ 31-18 win over the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes, not many outside of Madison were aware of the name J.J. Watt.

Now, just ask the Buckeyes’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor and he can tell you all about him.

Soon the NFL Draft will as well. Watt tweeted minutes ago that he’s entering the NFL Draft; and the Twitterverse blew up. Want to learn more about the former walk-on who went on to win the Lott Impact Trophy?

Here’s Nick Grays profile feature we recently did on him:

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Notre Dame Tight End Kyle Rudolph Enters 2011 NFL Draft

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Notre Dame junior tight end Kyle Rudolph (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) will forgo his final season and make himself available for the 2011 NFL Draft, Rudolph announced Wednesday.

The 6-6, 265-pounder leaves Notre Dame with the fourth-most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end for a career in school history.

“Notre Dame is such a special place and because of all the people I met over the last three years this decision was very tough for me,” Rudolph said. “I truly feel I have grown up here and this has become a home away from home
for me.”

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