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Sheldon Day | Defensive End

Team: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 290

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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that he "do[es] not believe [Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day is] a great pro-prospect."
"[Day]’s mainly a hustle defender but measures under [6-foot-1, 280 pounds] and is a scheme specific prospect with limitations," wrote Pauline. A knee injury limited the then-junior in the final three games of 2014, though that doesn't completely explain why he finished the season with just one sack and 7.5 TFL. He's a bit light for a defensive tackle and a bit short for a defensive end, but offers a nice motor and football intelligence. Pauline simply sees him as more of a college player than an NFL one. Sports on Earth's Matt Brown has listed Day as the No. 8 defensive tackle prospect in the country. Aug 31 - 8:14 PM

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Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "brings much-needed burst and agility to the Irish line as they try to improve their pass rush," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Day was one of several Fighting Irish defenders to run into injury problems last year, but his return for his senior season is a big boost for this defense that is primed for at turnaround," Brown wrote. The analyst pegs Day as the No. 84 player in the sport. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder had only 7.5 TFL and one sack in 2014 while suffering through a knee injury.
Jul 31 - 2:14 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper sees Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day as a defensive end in the NFL and will evaluate him that way.

Day is a bit of 'tweener; some see a light defensive tackle, some see a short defensive end. Either way, Kiper ranks him as the No. 5 senior defensive end prospect in the nation. "Expect to see the 6-2, 285-pound Day on some rankings as a defensive tackle, but I'm keeping him here based on what he's asked to do for the Irish and how I project him," Kiper wrote. "He was limited over the last three games of the 2014 season with a minor knee injury but will be back at 100 percent." Day only had 7.5 TFL and one sack in 2014 while suffering through that knee injury.
Jul 20 - 10:47 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "can line up anywhere on the Fighting Irish defensive line, with a 6-foot-2, 285-pound frame and impressive power and quickness," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"An explosive player," Brown wrote. "Day isn't totally consistent yet, and last year a knee sprain limited him late in the season." The analyst grades Day as the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country. "With a deeper Notre Dame defense in year two of coordinator Brian VanGorder's scheme, Day has an opportunity to develop into a star," Brown wrote. Day only had 7.5 TFL and one sack in 2014 while suffering through that knee injury.
Jul 15 - 1:17 AM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day's "athleticism and quickness is so much fun to watch on tape," writes NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He has the quickness and leverage to live in the backfield, but for whatever reason, he doesn't have the pass-rushing production to match the traits," Zierlein wrote. "With his rare quickness and eye-popping change of direction, I don't see why his production shouldn't skyrocket this season." The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder had only 7.5 TFL and one sack in 2014 while suffering through a knee injury.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 10 - 4:51 PM

Part of Notre Dame's pitch for senior DL Sheldon Day to return was to help improve his explosiveness.

"They also likely included stats and big plays that come with that ability, something Day’s still working to achieve," writes Keith Arnold. Many have been connecting potential with Day since his freshman season, but we think he is who he is. That isn't a negative, but don't expect Day to transform into a force along the defensive line.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 7 - 10:40 AM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "might have limited suitors in the NFL," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter, "but he could be an excellent pass rusher in a one-gap scheme."

"Increasing his production while adding weight during his senior year (without losing the explosiveness) could lead more teams to warm up to his potential," Reuter wrote. Day, a smart player with a motor, had only 7.5 tackles for loss and one sack in 2014 while suffering from a knee injury. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder will have to be much better this year.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 18 - 5:36 PM

NFL Media ranks Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day as their No.12 versatile athletes in college football.

"Few defensive linemen in the nation can transfer from end to tackle as seamlessly as Day. After a strong first half of the 2015 season, Day missed much of November with a knee injury. At 6-2, 285 pounds, he's not a sleek pass rusher on the edge, but he's tough to block and can play anywhere along the defensive line on all three downs. Expect Day to have a career-best season for the Fighting Irish this fall," NFL.com's Chase Goodbread wrote. The Notre Dame prospect recorded 40 tackles, 24 solo stops, seven and a half tackles for loss, one sack, nine quarterback hurries, two passes defended, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries in 2014. Day could be a day 1 selection with another productive season under his belt.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 9 - 3:28 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang ranks Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day as the No. 10 senior prospect in the country.

"Quick and powerful, Day is a difference-maker in the middle for the Irish," he wrote. Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board in December and seriously considered hopping to the pros. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder is a bit all over the place on film. On same plays, he is a holy terror and a no-doubt first-rounder. On others, you'd need a magnifying glass to find him.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 3:24 AM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day will return to school for his senior season.

"After talking with my family, friends and coaches at Notre Dame, I’ve decided to return for my senior year with the Irish," Day said. "While the process leading up to this decision was difficult, ultimately my decision to return was easy. I love this school, my teammates and this coaching staff. I just felt it was in my best interest to play another year for Notre Dame." Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board last month. We never heard what he was told. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Because of that, returning to school was the right call. "It pretty much goes without saying that I’m excited to know that Sheldon has chosen to return for his senior year at Notre Dame," said head coach Brian Kelly. "Most importantly, this decision keeps him on track to graduate in May."
Jan 10 - 11:30 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is one of Day's staunchest supporters, stating multiple times that he could be better than Louis Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall in 2013) and Stephon Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall). The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day has first-round upside, though that talent isn't always apparent on film. Kelly said Monday that he's "hopeful" Day will have recovered enough from his MCL sprain to play in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 against LSU.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day will miss Saturday's game against Louisville with an MCL sprain.

Day leads the Fighting Irish with 7.5 tackles for loss and nine quarterback hurries. He's also recorded a sack and a fumble recovery. Head coach Brian Kelly said that while Day will miss Saturday's game, he should be able to come back from the MCL sprain before the end of the season. Earlier this season, Kelly praised the 6-foot-2, 290-pound junior for his "work volume."
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Notre Dame junior DL Sheldon Day is dealing with a knee sprain suffered against Northwestern.

Day will have an MRI to determine how severe the injury is. Day and Jarron Jones combine to form Notre Dame's best interior threats, but the junior has a history of missing time due to injury. Notre Dame faces Louisville next.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:07:00 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that Notre Dame DTs Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones "are a handful inside."

"Notre Dame has taken a step back with edge rush but they are stout on the interior," Weidl wrote. That's quite the compliment considering the Fighting Irish lost DE/DT Stephon Tuitt and NT Louis Nix to the NFL. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly believes Day could be better than both Nix and Tuitt. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated earlier this month.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 07:53:00 PM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes junior DT Sheldon Day could be better than Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.

Both Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall) and Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall) were Day 2 picks in last spring's draft. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day made six tackles in an opening weekend win over Rice, one for loss. "He's disruptive and athletic and has great work ethic," Kelly added. "He can play every snap. That wasn't the case with either Nix or Tuitt, who were great players in their own right. But they did not have the same work volume that Sheldon has."
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 05:51:00 PM