2016 NFL Draft

Irish selected in the first round

Two Fighting Irish football players were seleceted in the first rounds of the he 2016 NFL Draft held Thursday evening in Chicago, IL at the Auditorium Theater.

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Offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the sixth overall pick in the first round. Ronnie is the 64th former Irish player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Stanley becomes the sixth Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Baltimore Ravens and first since Kapron Lewis-Moore in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. Starting in all 39 games over the last three seasons, he was named a consensus All-American in 2015 by the NCAA. He was a first-team pick by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and The Sporting News. He also was a first-team selection by ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports, and a second-team choice by the Associated Press and Athlon Sports and a semifinalist for the 2015 Lombardi and Outland Trophies.

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Wide Receiver Will Fuller was selected by the Houston Texans with the 21st overall pick in the first round. He is the 65th former Irish player to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Fuller becomes the fourth Notre Dame player ever drafted by the Houston Texans and first since Louis Nix III in the third round of the 2014 draft. Fuller ranks in the top 10 in five career receiving school records and ranks in the top 10 in eight single-season receiving school lists. He finished his career with 144 receptions for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. In 2015, Fuller led Notre Dame in receptions, receiving yards, receiving yards per game and receiving TDs. He ranked fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in TD catches, 11th in yards per reception, 16th in receiving yards, 16th in receiving yards per game, tied for 34th in total TDs and 73rd in receptions per game. Fuller registered 15 receptions of at least 30 yards, 10 TD receptions of at least 30 yards and eight TD catches of 45 yards or longer. He eclipsed 100 yards receiving in seven games.

Stanley is the highest-drafted Notre Dame player since Seattle Seahawks quarterback Rick Mirer in the 1993 draft, while Fuller is the highest-drafted Irish wideout since Arizona Cardinals Michael Floyd in the 2012 draft. Since the National Football League began drafting players in 1936, Notre Dame football players have been selected by NFL teams on 485 occasions.