In this week’s Jul 24-31 book of Sports Illustrated, 12 “general managers” comprised of tip former joining executives, players, writers and historians were comparison to arrange their possess 25-man group — 11 players on offense, 11 on defense, a kicker, a punter and a furious label — with an all-time ridicule draft.
Among those 300 players comparison (25 times 12 is 300), 10 graduated from Notre Dame. In order, here is how they were chosen, with their years with a Fighting Irish in parentheses:
With a No. 11 altogether collect … — Joe Montana (1974-78)
The initial actor taken was outward linebacker Lawrence Taylor, followed by defensive tackle Joe Greene, and afterwards Johnny Unitas, a initial quarterback comparison in a draft.
Two other QBs were comparison right before Montana, who was an eight-time Pro Bowl collect and two-time joining MVP: Tom Brady (No. 9) and Otto Graham (No. 10).
No. 35 — Alan Page (1963-66)
Capable of backing adult in a corner or interior, his 9 Pro Bowls are tied with Tim Brown for a many ever by an Irish alumnus. He also was a 1971 MVP, a initial for a defensive actor in a joining (the aforementioned Taylor was a other in 1986).
No. 134 — Dave Casper (1970-73)
In substantially a biggest breeze year ever for parsimonious ends (1974), Casper was a sixth one taken with a No. 45 altogether pick. Few ever total a blocking, speed and pass-catching skills like The Ghost.
No. 178 — George Connor (1946-47)
He revolutionized a linebacker position in a NFL given nonetheless he was a lineman for dual inhabitant champions during Notre Dame, his multiple of speed, distance and open-field rebellious skills done a four-time All-Pro (also as an descent tackle) among a game’s titans.
No. 182 — Paul Hornung (1953-56)
Hornung has referred to Connor as a biggest Notre Dame football actor he’s ever seen, though many would contend it was a Golden Boy himself. The 1956 Heisman leader indeed was listed as a kicker in this breeze (with a flexibility to assistance elsewhere on a roster).
No. 189 — Bryant Young (1990-93)
His No. 7 altogether preference in a 1994 breeze is a top by a Notre Dame defensive lineman a past 41 years. The NFC Rookie of a Year played 14 seasons and was a first- or second-team All-Pro 7 times.
No. 211 — Zack Martin (2009-2013)
It’s unimaginable that after usually 3 years in a joining he has turn this venerable already. Martin has been named an All-Pro ensure twice while creation a Pro Bowl all 3 years. In 2014 he was a initial rookie descent lineman to make All-Pro given Dick Huffman in 1947.
No. 273 — Bob Kuechenberg (1965-68)
A fourth-round collect in 1969 after backing adult a defensive finish for a Irish his final dual seasons, he played one year of semi-pro football before apropos a six-time Pro Bowl collect during ensure during a 14-year NFL career with a Miami Dolphins.
No. 274 — John Carney (1983-86)
Because all 25 teams were compulsory to breeze a kicker, a 24-year maestro was a sound choice during his position.
No. 286 — Tim Brown (1984-87)
Enshrined into a Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Brown is one of usually 6 players from Notre Dame to make both a College Football Hall of Fame and a Pro. Four others are also listed among these 10: Page, Casper, Connor and Hornung. The sixth is 1933-35 finish Wayne Millner.
Among those not drafted were descent tackle George Kunz (1965-68) and using behind Jerome Bettis (1990-92). Kunz is tied with Montana for third-most Pro Bowl selections by a Notre Dame alumnus with 8 (behind Page and Brown), while Bettis assimilated Brown in a Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.