Sheldon Day, DT

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 293 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.072.88-21 30-4.507.44
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.072.881.6921 308'6"4.507.44

Player Overview

Day battled various injuries over his career but when healthy and on the field, he is a proven impact defender in the trenches. He left Notre Dame with 32.0 career tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks, with 15.5 of those stops behind the line of scrimmage coming as a senior along with a career-high 4.0 sacks and four passes defensed.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Often the first to move off the snap with explosive quickness and natural bend to alter his momentum on the move and disrupt the blocker's rhythm. A controlled athlete in space to break down and finish with a motor that never quits revving.

Rangy and plays with a ton of energy, closing like a mad man. Highly active hands with a quick swim move to be disruptive. Never quits, with the chase skills to catch ballcarriers from behind. Smart defender with the mid-play instincts to adjust his plan of attack. Two-year team captain and described as a "tremendous teammate" by Notre Dame players.

WEAKNESSES: Lengthy injury history, leaving durability in question. Lacks ideal size and point-of-attack strength, and the term "stout anchor" won't be found in his scouting report as he allows blockers to bully him in the run game. Day's shorter arms are a frequent culprit for his inability to consistently disengage blocks, allowing blockers to engulf and seal him from the pocket.

Needs to better set up his pass rush sequence. Will make some aggressive mistakes on late hits and needs to play smarter. Has some experience at nose guard, but he needs to play outside the A-gap to be most effective.

COMPARES TO: Aaron Donald, Rams -- He's not on the same level as Donald as a prospect, but Day fits the similar mold due to his lack of size, but active play style, projecting best as a penetrating three-technique in a four-man front.

IN OUR VIEW: Although his lack of size, length and secondary power will show up frequently, Day has outstanding movement skills with the balanced athleticism and quick reflexes to be disruptive vs. the pass and the run. He has a motor that is always revving with the short-area agility to be effective in the right scheme.

--Dane Brugler (2/10/16)

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