The Senior Bowl is a prestigious all-star game for some of the top prospects to showcase themselves, but it’s also an event for NFL teams to interview players for the first time.
Some of the meetings are formal, while others are informal. One of the meetings that the Chargers had went really well.
According to Draft Wire’s Justin Melo, former Notre Dame edge defender Daelin Hayes met with 31 teams, but he particularly had a “great meeting” with Los Angeles.
Hayes didn’t burst onto the scene until his senior season after serving as a rotational rusher and having a season-ending shoulder injury put his junior campaign to a halt.
In 2020, Hayes amassed 17 total tackles, three sacks, six tackles for loss, an interception, a pass deflection, and two forced fumbles en route to helping The Fighting Irish reach the College Football Playoffs.
Notre Dame's Daelin Hayes is a BULLY💪 pic.twitter.com/REAVb8aR3J
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 27, 2021
Last week at the Senior Bowl, Hayes made his presence known. Checking in with 6-foot-3 and 261 pounds with a wingspan of 80 1/4 inches, an arm length of 32 inches, Hayes lined up as an edge defender and linebacker.
While his game is still raw, Hayes’ combination of physicality, athleticism and position versatility, could be major factors that are already in store that help him develop into a valuable contributor with the necessary coaching.
General manager Tom Telesco has a proven track record of draft Notre Dame players. This year, could Hayes be that guy? Linebacker Drue Tranquill would certainly be in favor of it.