Matchup: Texas Vs. Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day (DL)
Reminds Us Of: Aaron Donald (DT, Los Angeles Rams)
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Sheldon Day loves football. You can’t miss the smile on the face. You can’t miss the body language. You can’t miss the effort. This has all led to a prospect who is extremely coachable.
And look no further than the Fiesta Bowl this past New Year’s Day. The 3-4 DE played through a foot injury in Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State. This type of approach has been woven throughout his career with the Irish.
As a true freshman in 2012, Day spelled arguably college football’s top 3-4 defensive line which included Louis Nix (NG, Houston Texans), Stephon Tuitt (DE, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Kapron Lewis-Moore (DE, Baltimore Ravens).
When one of the three needed a blow, the Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) product worked his way into the rotation, and played as well as most starters on the DL throughout the country. He saw time on the field in all 13 games during Notre Dame’s 12-1 run.
Following the graduation of Lewis-Moore, Day slid into a starting DE role and kept it the next three seasons. He also found himself playing DT in nickel, dime and 4-3 looks. We see Day as a natural fit for a 3-4 base scheme at DE, but his versatile background and athleticism for a big man leads us to believe that this is a prospect which will be productive in an variety of defensive alignments.
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