Designating Notre Dame as O-Line U is no stretch — the Irish have four offensive linemen eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Of that group, Robert Hainsey may be the most versatile of the bunch. The 6-foot-4, 306 lb Hainsey also benefited from the Senior Bowl and pre-draft process. He has experience playing both tackle and guard, and that familiarity at multiple positions could be the difference between making an NFL roster or not.
Meet The Prospect
During the Senior Bowl, there were only two offensive linemen to not allow a single pressure, Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma and Robert Hainsey. Hainsey also stayed after practice on multiple occasions to practice technique and share insight with his fellow Notre Dame linemen. Hainsey is a disciplined player, a former captain, and a sure-fire value pick in the middle rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Hainsey possesses sound footwork, quickness with his hands, and an excellent finishing ability. Once he gets his hands on the defender, it’s over with. Hainsey projects to come off the board early on Day 3. In the Irish On Tap mock draft from last week, our crew projected him to go to the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round.
There are few sure things in the NFL Draft, but Notre Dame has a proven track record of putting quality offensive linemen in the NFL year in and year out. Hainsey may not have the best size amongst the four offensive line prospects coming out of Notre Dame this year, but his heart, intensity, effort, and love for the game cannot be quantified. He just happens to have the stats, film, and resume to match his passion for this game.
As far as landing spots go, I could see Hainsey ending up with the Rams, Bears, Chargers, Bengals, Patriots, Lions, or Colts. Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich appeared at Notre Dame’s pro day and currently has former Notre Dame offensive line legend Quenton Nelson on his team. I had to predict when Hainsey comes off the board, the fourth round is the most likely spot. No matter where he lands, expect him to compete for a starting job. I would also expect Hainsey on the Week 1 roster for whichever NFL team selects him.