Former Notre Dame safety David Bruton knew that he would get drafted, he just did not know when.
On Sunday afternoon, Bruton got his answer when the Denver Broncos picked him with the 114th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.
The Miamisburg, Ohio native looked more like a track star than a football player when he arrived in South Bend in 2005, but his athletic ability helped him get on the field early and allowed him to make an impact as a special teams performer.
Bruton started at free safety in his final two years in South Bend and was one of only five players to rank in the top 100 in the country in total tackles (93), solo tackles (57), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (2) in 2008. His 93 tackles were second on the squad last season and rank as the third-most in school history for a defensive back.
Bruton proved to be a leader for the Irish who could come up with the big play when it was needed. He five forced turnovers last season all five come inside Notre Dame’s 30-yard line, three came from inside the 6-yard line. Bruton recovered a fumble on the goal line in the season-opening win over San Diego State and registered a career-high 16 tackles to go with an interception in the overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Bruton secured his position on team’s draft board at the NFL Combine in February. Bruton had top times among safeties in the 40-yard dash (4.46), 60-yard shuttle (10.96) and broad jump (11 inches) and was second at his position in vertical jump (41.5 inches) and the three-cone drill (6.60).
The Broncos were the one team that Bruton worked out for in addition to the combine and Notre Dame's Pro Day.
Bruton was the only player from Notre Dame to be invited to this year’s combine and there is a good chance that he will be the only Irish player selected in this year’s draft, although cornerback Terrail Lambert and defensive lineman Patrick Kuntz are still hoping to hear their names called.