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Safety David Bruton offers good combination of size, speed

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David Bruton is hopeful that his teammates get some good luck this weekend but the Notre Dame free safety could be the only Fighting Irish player drafted this weekend.

There is a parallel between the final recruiting class of Ty Willingham at the school and the performance by the Irish last season, that's for sure. The NFL doesn't see the talent either.

Bruton is a projected mid-round pick with a good combination of size and range. He met with the Bears' coaching staff at the Senior Bowl in January but has not had much contact since. Bruton did make two official visits to Denver and the New York Jets and the Broncos are particularly interested as they also put him through a private workout on campus.

"I have heard anywhere between late second to fifth, I don't know,'' Bruton said. "Wherever I fall is where I fall. At the end of the day, I still have to make the team and eventually become a starter wherever I go."

Bruton is an interesting player because he has good size at 6-2, 219 pounds, and he runs well and has good lateral quickness. Scouts knock him for being stiff in the hips and he's not considered to be real instinctive, a trait that's significant for the last line of defense. He could turn into an in-the-box player.

"Everyone of us has our own niche, what we do better than the other,'' Bruton said. "What I would bring to the table is just my range and communication, which is the key in the back end. I'm a hard worker and I know the other guys work hard. I think what would set me apart is my range.

"Being this big and still being able to run in the mid 4.4's or the low 4.4's, I feel that is advantageous for me."

The last time only one Irish player was drafted was 2000 when Jarious Jackson lasted until the seventh round.

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Sounds like Josh Barrett from Arizona State last year.

That isn't Bruton in the picture, that is Darrin Walls who didn't even play last year.

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