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Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas Declares for 2014 NFL Draft

January 10th, 2014 at 10:45 AM
By Nick Gill

The hits keep on coming to the Notre Dame 2014 season with another huge contributor declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft. This time it is tight end Troy Niklas who will forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

'Stanford vs. Notre Dame' photo (c) 2013, Daniel Hartwig - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Si.com first reported Niklas had made the decision through his father, Don. Niklas really came on this season for the Irish as a pass catcher and blocker. He made the leap from five receptions as a sophomore to 32 catches for 498 yards and five touchdowns this year. He became a favorite target of quarterback Tommy Rees, especially in the middle of the field. He is a terrific blocking tight end which is one reason he received a second round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory board.

Niklas will be the latest in the Notre Dame factory of tight ends playing in the NFL. Tyler Eifert, John Carlson, Anthony Fasano, and Kyle Rudolph are all Notre Dame products making their way in the league.

The beginning of 2014 has not been kind to the Irish. Niklas joins defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix as well as running back George Atkinson III as players leaving early for the 2014 NFL Draft. The team has also suspended wide receiver DeVaris Daniels for the spring semester. He has vowed to re-enroll and play next season.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, NCAA, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Stephon Tuitt, Tommy Rees, Troy Niklas, Tyler Eifert

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