Although it’s not as exciting as the Convicts vs. Catholics used to be, Notre Dame hosting Miami has attracted at least 11 NFL teams. They are the Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Diego Chargers.
A lot has been made of both Miami and Notre Dame’s quarterbacks and rightfully so. This is likely to be the game teams refer to when debating between Miami’s Brady Kaaya and Notre Dame’s Deshone Kizer should both forego their senior seasons.
Cases have been made for both to be the first QB taken off the board over Clemson’s Deshaun Watson. But in recent weeks both have taken a step backward as Kizer hasn’t thrown a touchdown in two weeks and Notre Dame hasn’t won since Week 2. Kaaya has lost the past three games and had four touchdowns to two interceptions in that span.
Conversely, Watson’s performances including a five-touchdown night against Louisville are helping him regain scouts faith.
Besides quarterback play, scouts will be interested in the matchup between Miami cornerback Corn Elder and Notre Dame receiver Equanimeous Brown. Elder only has one interception and seven passes defended this season, but the senior hasn’t been thrown towards often and Miami allows just 195 yards passing per game.
Brown is just a sophomore, but he’s proven to be one of the best receivers in the nation with Kizer connecting with him for six touchdowns this season. He has 611 yards on 31 receptions, making him a great deep threat scouts will be keeping tabs on the next couple of years.