Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
Position: Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
College: Notre Dame
Weight: 286 lbs.
(Analysis of games vs. USC, Clemson, and Texas)
Positives: Sheldon Day is a high motor guy Notre Dame used all over the place. At nearly 290 lbs, Day was used to rush from outside as a defensive end in a 4-3 and would even drop into midde zone coverage. That was in addition to playing as a 5-Tech (DE) and a 0 Tech (NT) in a 3-4 and as a 1-Tech (run-stuffing DT) and 3-Tech (pass rushing DT) in a 4-3. He consistently uses his hands to fight off blockers and wins more with his quickness. Day has a good first step and off-the-ball explosion.
Concerns: Sheldon Day lacks ideal height for a 3-4 DE. At only 6'0", he is going to have a hard time competing with offensive tackle's arm length. He will need to add more strength for the next level.
If drafted by Redskins: Day does not have the long body that Scot McCloughan likes in a football player, but shows the desired effort. He also shows the quickness and ability to 1-gap that defensive coordinator Joe Barry uses. Day will need to prove he can play defensive end in base 3-4 alignments in order to be considered for the Redskins, who could have significant personnel turnover along the line.
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Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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