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Irish Insights


Notre Dame's Watt goes to San Diego

Former Notre Dame offensive guard Chris Watt was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 89 pick in the NFL draft Friday night.

Watt was the fifth former Irish player selected in the draft. Zack Martin went to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 16 pick Thursday, Stephon Tuitt went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 46 pick, tight end Troy Niklas was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 52 pick and nose tackle Louis Nix III was selected with the No. 83 pick by the Houston Texans.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder started 36 of 49 for Notre Dame, but missed the Pinstripe Bowl after this season because of a knee injury.

“Chris Watt, love the kid, love watching him play,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He and Zack Martin were tremendous on the left side of that offensive line the last three years. Two schools of thought. One school of thought is he’s not a big enough bodied guard. Some of the teams don’t like him as much because of that. Other teams love his toughness and athleticism.

“He could play for a zone team. I think he could still play for a man team because he’s so smart and takes great angles.”