Notre Dame to NFL: Nix III selected 3rd round by Houston Texans

Martin, Tuitt, Niklas, and Watt all in first 3 rounds of NFL Draft.

Posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:34 p.m.

NEW YORK — Louis Nix III has a chance to be surrounded by 2014 NFL Draft No.1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and All-Pro end J.J. Watt.

Nix III was selected No. 83 overall by the Houston Texans Friday, May 9. Six selections later, guard Chris Watt was chosen by San Diego.

Earlier Friday in the second round, other Notre Dame teammates Stephon Tuitt went to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Troy Niklas went to the Arizona Cardinals.

Tuitt was 46th overall selection, the 14th of the second round. The 6-foot-6, 312-pound defensive tackle had originally been projected as a first-round selection.

Six selections later, at No. 52, the Arizona Cardinals chose Fighting Irish tight end Troy Niklas. Niklas is the seventh ND tight end selection in the top two rounds since 1992, according to Univ. of Notre Dame sports information.

Tuitt announced his decision to give up his senior season with the Fighting Irish in early January.

Tuitt, from Monroe, Ga., got off to a slow start in 2013 after offseason surgery for a sports hernia, but had 49 tackles and 7.5 sacks and finishes his career with 126 tackles and 21.5 sacks, leaving him tied for third on Notre Dame’s sack list.

Niklas was Notre Dame’s third receiver in 2013 in receptions (32), yards (498) and receiving touchdowns (five). The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Fullerton, Calif., native came to Notre Dame in 2011 as a linebacker but flipped to tight end at the beginning of 2012.


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