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Both Colts GM Chris Ballard, Head Coach Frank Reich Attend Notre Dame’s Pro Day

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According to multiple sources, both Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich (along with Director of Player Personnel Kevin Rogers) were in attendance on Wednesday for Notre Dame’s Pro Day held in South Bend, Indiana:

For the Colts, two notable top Fighting Irish prospects are offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg and tight end Tommy Tremble among others—and both graded out pretty well in each’s physical measurables and at their position group respectively:

Regarding Eichenberg, the 6’6”, 302 pound offensive tackle had 38 career starts for Notre Dame. This past season, at left tackle, he earned Consensus All-American, First-Team All-ACC, and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (given to the ACC’s top blocker in the conference).

The Fighting Irish redshirt senior was also named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which honors the nation’s top interior lineman, and he was the first Notre Dame player to be named a finalist since the Colts’ very own Quenton Nelson in 2017.

While not necessarily the best athlete (but testing better than expected), Eichenberg was incredibly effective anchoring the blindside for Notre Dame’s offensive line—and the results speak for themselves:

Meanwhile, the Colts have already met virtually with Tremble ahead of the draft—indicating the team’s potential interest.

The 6’4”, 248 pound junior tight end had 19 receptions for 218 receiving yards (11.5 ypr. avg.) during 10 games in 2020—earning All-ACC honorable mention.

While under-utilized as a receiver at Notre Dame, Tremble is already an impact blocker, who’s shown the physical tools to continue to develop as a pass catcher—potentially into a dynamic receiving option over the middle in-time at the pro level:

Both would fill major team holes: Eichenberg at the Colts’ vacant starting left tackle spot and Tremble as the team’s new ‘move’ tight end.

However, it’s worth noting that too much shouldn’t be read into this.

Notre Dame is in the Colts ‘own backyard’ for scouting purposes, and it’s a short drive or flight away for either Ballard or Reich to catch the action with their own eyes—without having to spend too much time on a lengthy commute.

It was the second time that both Ballard and Reich have been present together scouting since the duo was at Alabama’s first Pro Day around a week ago.