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2016 NFL Draft: Notre Dame Defensive Tackle Sheldon Day

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Notre Dame is going to lose a lot next year without Day.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Physical stature

Height: 6'1"

Arm Length: 32 5/8"

Weight: 293 lbs

Hands: 9 5/8"

Pro Day results

Bench press: 26 reps of 225

Combine Results

40 yard dash: 5.07 sec

Bench press: 21 reps

Vertical jump: 30 inches

Broad jump: 102 inches

3 cone drill: 7.44 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.5 seconds

Projections:

Projected: 4th round (#123 overall, #13 Defensive Tackle)

Season Recap

Like Ronnie Stanley, Sheldon Day was essentially re-recruited by Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to come back for his senior year. Also like Ronnie Stanley, it was a huge win for Notre Dame to get the defensive lineman from Indianapolis to come back to South Bend for his final year of eligibility, as his leadership and on field production were both critical for a Notre Dame team that faced a lot of adversity in 2015. Day was second on the team in sacks with 4 behind fellow senior Romeo Okwara's 9. However, Day did lead the team in tackles for loss with 15.5. Sheldon Day also forced two fumbles, had 13 quarterback hurries, and also knocked down 4 passes. As noted above, Day was a team leader. He was voted a team captain for two years. If you were able to catch Showtime's A Season with Notre Dame Football, Day took freshman Terry Jillery under his wing and helped showed him what it takes to be a student-athlete at Notre Dame...but not without giving him grief at every chance he could.

Strengths

Sheldon Day has experience at playing both outside and inside on the defensive line, which is going to help him in the NFL as is body size could prohibit him from making a living on the inside of the line in the NFL. He has quickness off the snap and has a high motor. Possesses quick hands and uses them to his advantage. If his initial attack gets thwarted, he has an arsenal of counter moves to use to his advantage. His lateral quickness and agility are going to give opposing linemen headaches trying to block him.

Weaknesses

Scouts are concerned by his body size and frame. He isn't big enough to anchor the inside of the line and make his living there, but he also doesn't have the arm length to effectively come off of the edge. Day also doesn't have the power to consistently be a bull-rush threat. Durability is an area of concern that comes up for scouts about Day. Has shorter arms that could prohibit him from being able to disengage blocks.

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