NFL draft: All-time Notre Dame tight ends selected

In just three years at Notre Dame, tight end Michael Mayer set just about every individual record at the position. That’s no small feat anywhere, but especially at Notre Dame which is known by some as “Tight End U.”

Mayer is expected to hear his name called in the back half of the first round of the 2023 NFL draft. If not then, one would assume he wouldn’t last long in the second round.

When his name is called it will be the 22nd time a Notre Dame tight end has been drafted into the NFL. Here are the 21 that proceeded Mayer.

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Jim Winegardner

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Name: Jim Winegardner
Year: 1969
Team: Chicago Bears
Draft selection: 5th round, 119th overall

Dave Casper

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Name: Dave Casper
Year: 1974
Team: Oakland Raiders
Draft selection: 2nd round, 45th overall

Tom Fine

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Name: Tom Fine
Year: 1975
Team:  Buffalo Bills
Draft selection: 16th round, 408th overall

Ken MacAfee

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Name: Ken MacAfee
Year: 1978
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Draft selection: 1st round, 7th overall

Pete Holohan

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Name: Pete Holohan
Year: 1981
Team: San Diego Chargers
Draft selection: 7th round, 189th overall


Tony Hunter

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Name: Tony Hunter
Year: 1983
Team:  Buffalo Bills
Draft selection: 1st round, 12th overall

Mark Bavaro

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Name: Mark Bavaro
Year: 1985
Team:   New York Giants
Draft selection: 4th round, 100th overall

Joel Williams

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Name: Joel Williams
Year: 1987
Team:  Miami Dolphins
Draft selection: 8th round, 210th overall

Derek Brown


Name: Derek Brown
Year: 1992
Team: New York Giants
Draft selection: 1st round, 14th overall

Irv Smith

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Name: Irv Smith
Year: 1993
Team: New Orleans Saints
Draft selection: 1st round, 20th overall


Pete Chryplewicz

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Name: Pete Chryplewicz
Year: 1997
Team: Detroit Lions
Draft selection: 5th round, 135th overall

Jabari Holloway

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Name: Jabari Holloway
Year: 2001
Team: New England Patriots
Draft selection: 4th round, 119th overall

Dan O'Leary

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Name: Dan O’Leary
Year: 2001
Team: Buffalo Bills
Draft selection: 6th round, 195th overall

John Owens

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Name: John Owens
Year: 2002
Team: Detroit Lions
Draft selection: 5th round, 138th overall

Jerome Collins

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Name: Jerome Collins
Year: 2005
Team: St. Louis Rams
Draft selection: 5th round, 144th overall

Anthony Fasano

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Name: Anthony Fasano
Year: 2006
Team: Dallas Cowboys
Draft selection: 2nd round, 53rd overall

John Carlson


Name: John Carlson
Year: 2008
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Draft selection: 2nd round, 38th overall

Kyle Rudolph

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Name: Kyle Rudolph
Year: 2011
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Draft selection: 2nd round, 43rd overall

Tyler Eifert

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Name: Tyler Eifert
Year: 2013
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Draft selection: 1st round, 21st overall


Troy Niklas

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Name: Troy Niklas
Year: 2014
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Draft selection: 2nd round, 52nd overall

Ben Koyack

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Name: Ben Koyack
Year: 2015
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Draft selection: 7th round, 229th overall

Durham Smythe

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Name: Durham Smythe
Year: 2018
Team: Miami Dolphins
Draft selection: 4th round, 123rd overall

Alize Mack

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Name: Alize Mack
Year: 2019
Team: New Orleans Saints
Draft selection: 7th round, 231st overall

Cole Kmet

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Name: Cole Kmet
Year: 2020
Team: Chicago Bears
Draft selection: 2nd round, 43rd overall


Tommy Tremble

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Name: Tommy Tremble
Year: 2021
Team: Carolina Panthers
Draft selection: 3rd round, 83rd overall

Michael Mayer

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Name: Michael Mayer
Year: 2023
Team/Draft selection: We’ll know shortly…

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