Where Notre Dame OT Joe Alt stands in 2024 NFL mock drafts

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The conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft was a reality check for Notre Dame fans everywhere. At this time in 2024, Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt will likely be on an NFL roster instead of preparing for a senior season in South Bend.

Put simply, Alt is just that good.

The rising junior was rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country in 2022 per Pro Football Focus. His overall grade of 91.4 just edged out BYU’s Blake Freeland’s mark of 90.9. Only three tackles in the country had grades of 90.0-plus.

Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski had the fourth-best grade at 89.5. He was just the No. 11 overall pick in last week’s draft. Alt should hear his name called in the same range, if not even sooner. Here is where various outlets have Alt going in way-too-early 2024 NFL mock drafts.

Pro Football Focus: No. 3 overall to the Indianapolis Colts

“The Colts have their quarterback of the future in Anthony Richardson, now it’s time to build around him. Alt led all tackles in the country in overall grade (91.4) and run-blocking grade (91.0). He was also sixth among Power Five ones in pressure rate allowed (2.1%). He has a massive frame at 6-foot-8, 315 pounds and told me he has over a seven-foot wingspan. Alt looks like the best offensive tackle prospect since Penei Sewell.”

Yahoo Sports: No. 3 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Yahoo Sports did not provide commentary.

The Draft Network: No. 6 overall to the Tennessee Titans

The Draft Network did not provide commentary.

Fox Sports: No. 8 overall to the Tennessee Titans

“Regardless of whether their quarterback of the future is Ryan Tannehill, Will Levis or Malik Willis, the Titans will continue to be a blue-collar team built around physicality as long as Mike Vrabel remains head coach. Therefore, gifted big men like Alt make a lot of sense.”

USA Today: No. 10 overall to the New England Patriots

A first-team All-American in 2022, the 6-8, 315-pound Alt translates his upper-echelon physical tools into dominant performances. After putting together a patchwork plan at offensive tackle this offseason, Bill Belichick might want to come up with a more reasonable resolution for Mac Jones by letting Alt take over for free-agent-to-be Trent Brown.

So there you have it. Not only is Alt projected to get Notre Dame back in the game in terms of first-round picks after tight end Michael Mayer slid to the second round this year, but he’s predicted to be the highest-taken Irish player since offensive guard Quenton Nelson went No. 6 overall to the Indianapolis Colts in 2018.

That’s good company, especially if the two end up on the same line together as forecasted by PFF.

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