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Sheldon Day | Defensive End

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

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CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler noted that Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day is a "penetrating three-technique who will be a great addition to the Jaguars' rotation."
Day was one of six defensive picks by the Jaguars. They were able to snatch him off the board at pick No. 103 in the fourth round. Brugler tabbed the Jags as one of five teams that "flat-out crushed it" during the draft. Five of those six picks devoted to defense saw Jacksonville drafting along the defensive front. The lone piece they picked up for the secondary isn't too shabby either -- that would be FSU DB Jalen Ramsey, selected at No. 5 and considered by some to be the best player in the draft. May 8 - 1:39 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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Jaguars selected Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day with the No. 103 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Day (6'1/293) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor, tallying 32 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Albeit not nearly as good a player, Day's pre-draft measurables are eerily similar to Aaron Donald's. Day is an undersized interior pass rusher with experience at both 3-4 end and 4-3 under tackle, the latter being his preferred NFL position. Day may struggle to nail down a full-time role in the pros, but his ability to cause backfield disruption will earn him playing time, likely as a rotational three technique.
Apr 30 - 12:27 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay says Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day's "motor is second to none" and believes he'll be a "steal if he slides to Round 3."

The analyst relayed a fascinating anecdote about a practice leading up to the Fiesta Bowl, when he saw Day twist an ankle and refuse to leave the field, even as a coach attempted to sub him out. "Critics will focus on a lot of negative measurables -- he's too short, lacks bulk and only put up 21 reps on the bench. I don't care," McShay wrote. "This guy just makes plays." Over his career, Day posted 32 TFL, 7.5 sacks and 24 hurries across 48 games.
Apr 4 - 7:14 PM

Pro Football Focus argues that "there’s a case for [Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day] to be selected [in the first round] based on his senior-year production."

The site grades Day, their top-ranked DT in the country last year, as the sixth-most underrated prospect in the entire draft. "He has size limitations that will cause some teams’ concern, and he wasn’t always able to finish plays with tackles for loss and sacks, but he projects well as a penetrating 3-technique defensive tackle in a four-man front," Jeff Dooley wrote. "It’s also worth noting that he was effective when used as a 4-3 defensive end during Senior Bowl week, both during the game and while winning three of his four reps from that position in one-on-one pass-rush drills."
Mar 17 - 3:26 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst Michael Renner deemed Notre Dame DL Sheldon Day "[a]s high a motor player as you’ll see at the position," one who is "relentless against both pass and run."

Noted Renner, "After [Day] struggled through an injury plagued junior season, the defensive tackle came back for his senior season and made a bigger grade jump than anyone else in the country." Indeed, the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder finished out the 2015 campaign as the outlet's highest graded defensive tackle with a +60 rating. "[T]eams will likely pigeonhole Day as a 3-technique in a 4-3. Wherever he ends up playing though, Day has proven that he can be a productive player," Renner concluded. On the more critical side, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler has observed that the former Irish standout "can struggle in congestion" at times.
Feb 21 - 4:06 PM

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

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