Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame DE

Grading pass rushers in the spring is always difficult given that they’re typically not allowed to hit the quarterback, which makes it hard to determine whether they would have actually gotten a sack rather than forced a quarterback to scramble or throw under pressure. But based on the level of Daelin Hayes’s production and coach Brian Kelly’s assessment, it seems pretty clear why he’ll garner plenty of hype heading into the fall. The sophomore was credited with three sacks in Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold game along with seven tackles. “It’s pretty clear Daelin Hayes is going to be around the football and be a disruptive player for us,” Kelly said after the game. The Fighting Irish could desperately use some disruption this season after they ranked seventh-worst in the country in sacks last year with 14.

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