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Irish Insights


Notre Dame's Jackson goes to NY Giants

Former Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson was chosen by the New York Giants with the No. 187 pick in the NFL draft Saturday.

Jackson was the seventh former Irish player selected in the draft.

Zack Martin went to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 16 pick Thursday. On Firday, 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, nose tackle Louis Nix III was selected with the No. 83 pick by the Houston Texans and offensive guard Chris Watt was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 89 pick. Also on Saturday, Prince Shembo was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 139 pick.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Jackson had 157 tackles with 6 ½ for loss and six interceptions at Notre Dame. He was a captain his senior season and could move to safety in the NFL.

“I’d like to see him at safety,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “I want to see him be more physical. I think he’s going to get drafted late, play special teams.”