Sheldon Day, the mainstay and driving force along Notre Dame’s defensive line for the past two seasons, will be taking his fast-running motor and gap-creasing skills to the AFC South.
The 6-foot-1, 293-pound Indianapolis product was the only Notre Dame “disappointment” from the first two days of the draft as six of the seven first-through-third round draft projections were selected.
Day spilled over to Day Three mainly due to a glut of interior defensive line prospects in this year’s NFL draft.
The Jacksonville Jaguars tabbed Day with the fifth pick of the fourth round and the 103rd choice overall. The Jaguars are one of about half of the teams in the NFL that run predominately a 4-3 defensive front, which is the best fit for Day’s skill set. He gives the Jaguars some pass rush from the defensive tackle position as well.
Day is the first Notre Dame defensive tackle (three-technique) to be drafted since the Philadelphia Eagles selected Trevor Laws in the second round in 2008.
Day closed out his four-year stint at Notre Dame with 15 ½ tackles for loss, four sacks and 13 quarterback hurries in 2015.