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Irish Insights


Notre Dame's Shembo goes to Atlanta

Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo was chosen by the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 139 pick in the NFL draft Saturday.

Shembo was the sixth 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.

The 6-foot-1, 253-pounder had 145 with 24 ½ for loss and 19 ½ sacks at Notre Dame.

“Prince Shembo is intriguing to me,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “Too short to be an edge guy, which is where his natural fit is. I think some of the 3-4 teams are looking at him inside. I like him inside. He stood up in the East/West game and had a heck of a week.”