Notre Dame Football: Where will Irish prospects land in 2021 NFL Draft?

Ian Book, Notre Dame football (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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. OT. No. 164. player. 57. . Robert Hainsey. 5

Offensive tackle Robert Hainsey was a steady presence for the Irish during his time at Notre Dame, playing in 46 games over the course of four years. Hainsey was a pleasant surprise for the Irish in his first couple of years with the team, progressing quicker and at a more steady pace than fellow tackle Liam Eichenberg.

Both players would end up coming into their own and leading one of the nation’s most productive offensive lines, setting both up for chances at life in the NFL. Hainsey may not have the upside or day-one talent boasted by Eichenberg, but a move to guard could springboard a lengthy NFL career.

The Chicago Bears need help along the offensive line and offer a coaching staff that doesn’t shy away from changing up a player’s position to help maximize his effectiveness. The Bears have also had success in developing former Notre Dame talent in the form of Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher.

Unlike Bars and Mustipher, Hainsey isn’t a guarantee to make it all the way through the draft. If the Bears (or anyone else for that matter) like what they see, they should be prepared to use a 5th or 6th round pick to ensure the rights to Hainsey’s services.