His size and measurable may scare some teams off, but there’s something Day does very well, and that is playing football. While Jaylon Smith stole the spotlight on Notre Dame’s defense the past couple of seasons, Day was a sturdy presence up front – the type of guy who did all the dirty work. I see him as a better fit on the inside of a 4-3 defensive scheme, but he’ll fit with any team who is willing to draft him. It’ll be interesting to see where the former 4 star recruit lands on draft day – but he is going to be a very solid player in the NFL, that much is certain.
Name: Sheldon Day
College: Notre Dame
Projection: 2nd-3rd Round
Comparison: Mike Daniels
Strengths: Quick feet. Agile lower body. Strong and stout build. Good leverage and can get under defenders. Quick off the line and explodes into contact. Very quick hands and is always fighting. Makes himself skinny and regularly gets pressure on the QB. Lines up inside and out. When rushing from the edge can get low and turn the corner. Strong as a bull and can hold up against double-teams. Relentless in attacking and has a motor that runs hot. Team captain.
Weaknesses: Short, barely stands 6’1″. Undersized. Lacks the length to make up for his height making him small defending the run. Regularly misses rushers because he lacks reach. Won’t move a double-team.
Outlook: A fiery little interior rusher we’re seen before in the league with mixed levels of success. Strength, athletic ability, effort and mental make-up give him a chance to be a player. Will not fit everyone’s scheme but will most definitely find a home. Too talented not to make it work.