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NFL Draft 2021: Notre Dame DE Daelin Hayes is the Baltimore Ravens’ Fifth Round Pick

Hayes will join Ronnie Stanley and Miles Boykin in Charm City.

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The Baltimore Ravens have selected former Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Daelin Hayes in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Hayes was picked No. 171 overall and was the seventh Notre Dame player to be selected in this year’s draft.

Hayes’ rookie contract will be worth $3.77 million, with $293,216 being given as a signing bonus.

The team captain, a former four-star recruit, played in 53 games for the Irish, registering 95 total tackles (54 solo, 41 assisted). He also racked up 20 12 tackles for loss (nine sacks), one interception, forced three fumbles and recovered five others.

In addition to his on-field success, Hayes also established himself as a voice against racial injustice. He was a prominent speaker at last year’s Juneteenth convocation at Notre Dame.

Hayes has suffered from injuries in both shoulders, which started in high school. But his quick reads and quick steps have been enough, apparently, to impress the Ravens.

The Ravens have drafted seven Irish players previously and two are still on the team: Miles Boykin, who was drafted in 2019 and Ronnie Stanley, who was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. They also picked Tom Zbikowski, Gerome Sapp, Anthony Weaver and Javin Hunter.

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