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Sheldon Day | Defensive End

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

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At the Senior Bowl, Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day "showed off his trademark motor, along with the ability to make plays against the run," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.
The analyst ranked Day as No. 10 among prospects at the event. "He's not the fastest guy off the ball, but he's a load for offensive linemen to handle on the inside," McShay wrote. The former Irish standout was Pro Football Focus' top-graded defensive tackle last season. Day "can struggle in congestion," CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler has noted, "but give him any type of space and blockers don't have an answer for his athleticism and active hands." Feb 1 - 2:58 PM

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Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day "can struggle in congestion," notes CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler, "but give him any type of space and blockers don't have an answer for his athleticism and active hands."

Brugler noticed that Cowboys HC Jason Garrett (the Cowboy and Jaguar coaching staffs were on hand for the Senior Bowl) "often kicked [Day] outside to defensive end where he could work one-on-one vs. tackles." The draft analyst believes that the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder exhibits "the first step explosion, low pad level and body control to create havoc." He also called Day undersized, but so it goes. The former Irish standout was Pro Football Focus' top-graded defensive tackle this past season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 2:25 PM

Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day was Pro Football Focus's top-graded defensive tackle for the 2015 season.

"[Day] had a great practice on Wednesday, penetrating into the backfield and ruining plays for the offense on more than one occasion," PFF noted. "That certainly fits with what we saw from him this season, when he was disruptive as a run defender and even better as a pass-rusher. He recorded 46 total pressures, including four sacks — good for the second-best pass-rush productivity at his position in the country." Day earned a 2nd-Team All-American nod after posting 45 tackles, 15.5 TFL, four sacks, 13 hurries, two fumbles forced and four pass breakups last season.
Jan 28 - 6:28 PM

The Senior Bowl added Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day to the roster.

Day, a 2015 2nd Team All-American, posted 45 tackles, 15.5 TFL, four sacks, 13 hurries, two fumbles forced and four pass breakups this season. Yeah, we'd say he's plenty disruptive. But is the 6-foot-1, 285-pounder big enough to excel in the NFL interior? Day's supporters compare him to Aaron Donald or Mike Daniels because he's undersized, quick, athletic and plays with good leverage. His detractors say he's too sleight to star inside and too short to disrupt outside. Day's response to scouts begins later this month.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 6 - 5:09 PM

NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day is "impressive" in short area quickness.

The Notre Dame prospect is one of the Irish's most athletic defensive lineman, with the ability of playing inside and outside. Say has been a disruptive force on the interior all season long for the Irish.
Jan 1 - 2:10 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day suffered a "significant" foot injury during practice this week, but will attempt to play against Ohio State, according to beat writer Tim Prister.

Day is Notre Dame's most disruptive defensive lineman and is at his best when splitting gaps to get upfield. The Irish are expected to get back Jarron Jones for the first time this season, but the matchup is a difficult one against a solid Ohio State offense line (outside of right tackle). Day is expected to play in the Senior Bowl.
Jan 1 - 11:25 AM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day has a "quick first step, violent hands and great motor," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.

"I had a fourth-round grade on him coming into the season, but based off the tape I've studied and the live view vs. Pitt this past Saturday, I think he could be a second- or third-round pick," McShay wrote. "Day isn't Aaron Donald by any stretch, but he's the perfect fit as a three-technique in a Tampa-2 system and can be a good situational inside pass-rusher early in his career." McShay isn't seeing things. Day was the No. 155 interior linemen last season in the estimation of PFF's player grades. This year, he's in the top three.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 05:36:00 PM

According to PFF's grades, Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day has jumped from the No. 155 interior linemen last season to No. 2 this year.

We still have a long ways to go, but this is a mighty impressive leap for Day. We always knew he was talented but consistency was a bugaboo until now. Also encouraging is that Day has played his best in big spots. He had a +7.7 grade against Clemson, six QB pressures against USC, and six QB pressures and a sack against Temple. Day remains a divisive draft prospect, though he's undoubtedly won himself some fans in NFL front offices.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 09:29:00 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day earned a season-high +9.3 grade from PFF against Temple on Saturday.

"Day has been consistently excellent this season and turned in his best game of the season against the Owls last night," wrote Ben Stockwell. Day had himself a game, collecting six pressures, one sack, one hit, four hurries and four tackles. He spent the night "wreaking havoc on a Temple offensive line that simply couldn’t handle the rising talent on the Fighting Irish’s defensive line," according to Stockwell.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day will match up Saturday against a Max Tuerk-less USC interior offensive line.

Tuerk is out for the season. He would have been a big help in this one, as Day was one of the country's best defensive lineman in the first half, posting eight TFL. "Day will be the integral piece of the Irish's effort to stymie USC's run game and set the table for pressure on [QB Cody] Kessler," wrote ESPN's David Lombardi.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "is a versatile player who lines up on the inside, where his quickness gives interior offensive linemen problems, and the outside, where his power gives offensive tackles problems," writes ESPN's Steve Muench.

"While he's not an overly explosive edge rusher, he has two sacks and has consistently hurried quarterbacks thanks to his violent hands and unrelenting effort," Muench wrote. "He'll line up opposite true freshman left offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt at times, and I fully expect him to exploit any breakdowns in Hyatt's technique." Day will enter the draft process as one of the most divisive defensive prospects. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, for one, isn't a fan, comparing Day to former Irish bust Trevor Laws.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 06:57:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline compares Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day to Trevor Laws, "another undersized Notre Dame defensive lineman who performed miserably in the NFL."

"Day is a playmaker on the college level and someone who grows on you when watching the film," he wrote. "Poor measurables are a big red flag and when projecting Day to the next level." Indeed, the 6-foot-1, 280-pounder is an eye-of-the-beholder prospect. An AFC South scout said earlier this month that Day "will have to gain weight and move inside as an under tackle in an even front." NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein says Day "has good initial quickness off the snap, but his lack of overall length (his arms measure less than 33 inches) and weight make him an unlikely fit in a 3-4 and a 'tweener' in a 4-3."
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:24:00 PM

Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day guaranteed the Irish will beat Georgia Tech on Saturday.

"I've got one thing to say: We're going to beat Georgia Tech," he said at Friday's press conference. The Irish are 2.5-point home underdogs. Day will have plenty to say in the outcome, as he's a key to slowing down the Yellow Jackets' triple-option offense.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 02:26:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter compares Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day to Aaron Donald.

"He'll measure something very similar to the 6-foot-1, 285 pounds that Donald did at the NFL Scouting Combine two years ago," Reuter wrote. "And through the first two games of the season, Day is living up to the hype of being projected as the top three-technique tackle in the 2016 draft class." Day, who posted 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 last year, will be tasked with slowing down Georgia Tech's option attack Saturday. "He's everything scouts want to see at the position: defeating cut blocks, penetrating gaps with quickness and swim/arm-over moves, holding up against double teams and hustling down plays," Reuter wrote. "Day also makes plays from the five-technique spot, despite his lack of length."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:22:00 PM

One AFC South scout believes Notre Dame senior DL Sheldon Day "will have to gain weight and move inside as an under tackle in an even front."

"He's got quickness, but there aren't many 6-foot defensive ends in the league unless they come blazing off the edge and he's not that type of player," the AFC South scout told NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein. Before a knee injury limited the Notre Dame prospect in 2014, he 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. Zierlein notes that Day "has good initial quickness off the snap, but his lack of overall length (his arms measure less than 33 inches) and weight make him an unlikely fit in a 3-4 and a "tweener" in a 4-3."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 03:10:00 PM