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PFF scouting report: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

By PFF Analysis Team
Feb 29, 2016

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Here is the PFF draft profile for Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

3-technique with ability to kick out on edge at times

Stats to know:

Highest-graded defensive tackle in FBS with equally good grades versus run and pass

What he does best:

• Plays like a bowling ball. Rarely, if ever, are offensive linemen able to engage him cleanly
• Ton of juice in his first step
• Crazy-high motor. Hands are continuously fighting and it translates to a good number of late wins
• Quicks show up in every facet of the game. Ability to cross a lineman’s face


Biggest concern:

• Struggles to separate off blocks and finish plays. Finished far too many plays grasping for air or lying on the ground
• Very undersized and scheme limited. Not someone you’d want two-gapping
• Junior year production wasn’t anything special
• Too often tries to play around blocks instead of through them<

Bottom line:

Day will get pigeon-holed into a role, but it’s one that he’ll be successful in. As a one-gap penetrator on the interior there aren’t any better in this class.


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