PFF scouting report: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Notre Dame's Sheldon Day ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

PFF scouting report: Sheldon Day, DT, Notre Dame

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.


  • wva88

    It is interesting to compare Day with a (healthy) Jaylon Smith. They are mirror images of each other. Smith’s advantage from a scheme standpoint is that he can do everything you could conceivably ask a LB to do. Day, on the other hand, does one thing and he does it exceptionally well – rush the passer from the interior DL. A healthy Smith is someone who can play ever down and you can move all over the field. Day is a tool (not in the negative sense) in what is rapidly becoming a league of specialists who you bring in on passing downs.

    You could write a good story on the evolution of NFL defenses by comparing and contrasting how these two players will be used on Sundays.

    • Mikey Balls

      I just hope Jaylon Smith’s nerve wakes up…

    • mrmxyz

      So would you agree that u would probably see Smith make a ProBowl before Day does? If ever were to feasibly occur???