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Notre Dame's Jones goes to Detroit

Former Notre Dame receiver TJ Jones was chosen by the Detroit Lions with the No. 189 pick in the NFL draft Saturday.

Jones was the eighth former Irish player selected in the draft. It is the most Notre Dame players chosen in the draft since 1994.

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, and Bennett Jackson was taken by the New York Giants with the No. 187 pick.

The 6-foot, 188-pound Jones had 181 receptions for 2,429 yards with 19 touchdowns in 51 games. He was a captain his senior season and returned punt in his final year with the Irish.

“TJ Jones, I thought grew up a little bit last year,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “Had his best year. Became a leader. Learned how to play the position better. I think he provides value. I think he can play inside and out. I think ultimately inside as a slot is where he’ll find his home. He’ll have to play some special teams, be willing to compete and be physical early in his career.”.