Alex's Analysis: Book, Claypool, linemen could be drafted next year

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After six Notre Dame players were taken in last week's NFL Draft, we wanted to take a look at who could be the next crop of Irish stars playing on Sundays.

After going through the offense, senior quarterback Ian Book, senior wide receiver Chase Claypool, and a couple offensive linemen all could hear their names called in the 2020 NFL Draft.

QB Ian Book

After coming in and replacing Brandon Wimbush three games into the season, Book went 9-0 as a starter and led Notre Dame to the College Football Playoff.

He was named the Team MVP at the Echoes award show, and looks like he is in complete control of the offense after spring ball.

Book will be a senior this upcoming season, but will still have one more year of eligibility remaining should he choose to come back. He was though one of the five juniors who put their name in the NFL Draft Advisory Board, and he's said that playing in the NFL has been a dream of his since he was a little kid.

The timing also works out well.

Book is a shorter quarterback, measuring 6'0", but recently the league has been more open to quarterbacks that aren't the prototypical size.

Thanks to the success of shorter quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, and even 5'10 Kyler Murray who was just taken first overall, height shouldn't be a deterrent for his pro future.

Another big season out of Ian Book and he could be the first Irish quarterback picked in the first round since Brady Quinn back in 2007.

WR Chase Claypool

At 6'4", 229 lbs., Claypool has the size and athleticism that could have NFL scouts drooling. He's already had more production in his three year career, than Miles Boykin did through four years, and Boykin was just picked in the third round.

Claypool really came on this season, and had a very impressive spring as well, which has many people believing he is poised for a breakout senior campaign, especially with a full season of Ian Book throwing him the ball.

Offensive Line

The NFL loves Notre Dame offensive linemen. Last year alone, two (Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey) were taken in the top ten picks. Notre Dame has become known for producing pro-ready hog mollies, and there could be a few more coming down the pipe.

Tommy Kraemer is entering his senior season with 21 career starts already under his belt, and is a towering behemoth at 6'6" and 315 lbs. He still needs more work, and 12-13 more starts will do just that. By the time the 2020 draft comes around, Kraemer could be a very enticing prospect.

So too, could Liam Eichenberg. He is coming off a season where he started every game at left tackle, protecting the quarterback's blind side and blocking some of the best pass rushers in college football, including eventual first-round picks Rashan Gary and Clelin Ferrell.

Eichenberg (6'6", 305lbs) is also still a bit raw and could use more development. Both he and Kraemer also have another year of eligibility remaining, should they choose to use it.

One thing that bodes well for both of them: offensive coordinator Chip Long runs an offense that depends on the line, so their play will continue to be a focal point this upcoming season.

Of course, this is all speculative. Poor play, injuries, suspensions, etc. could all derail any of these possibilities, just as good play could vault their draft stock even higher.