The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Daelin Hayes is an explosive edge ready to explode into the NFL. Hayes played for the Irish for five years, being featured in 43 games. Labrum surgery on his shoulder in 2019 drastically shortened his season only playing in three games that year. However, Hayes bounced back in 2020.
Hayes had impressive 2017 and 2018 seasons, and didn’t miss a beat when returning for his final season in South Bend. During his best stretch of play his sophomore and junior seasons, he had 62 tackles and five sacks in 34 games. By the time his shoulder was repaired and Hayes was ready to lace up, he had 17 tackles, three sacks, and one interception to finish off his time at Notre Dame.
Hayes is explosive for his size, but may get overpowered in the NFL. The bulking he would have to do to be an everyday starter seems off the table. A later round pick, and designed rotation player may be exactly what teams see in the young edge.
The former four-star recruit from Ann Arbor had offers from dozens of schools, including home town school, Michigan, but chose the Irish. Now, the tables are turned and the NFL teams have the power to choose him. Teams like the Jets, Bills, and Raiders could use a player with his explosiveness rotating in and out. Regardless, Hayes is a safe, and smart, late round pick and a valuable future member of any professional team.