JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars are a step closer to having all rookies under contract.
As the team moves into mid-May and prepares for the next phase of the offseason conditioning program, five of the team's seven selections in the 2016 NFL Draft now have signed their rookie contracts.
Sheldon Day, a defensive tackle from Notre Dame, on Monday afternoon became the fifth '16 draft selection to sign with the team. Terms and duration of the contract were not disclosed.
"It's definitely a blessing, for sure," Day said Monday afternoon shortly after signing. "Being a little kid and saying you're going to play in the NFL and saying you're going to get paid for it you always hear the teachers always preach, 'Only one percent of people make it,' and things like that …
"Now that it's actually happened it's definitely surreal."
Day, (6-feet-1, 293 pounds), the No. 103 overall selection in the draft, is expected to begin his NFL career playing three-technique defensive tackle for the Jaguars. He registered 15.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and 13 quarterback hurries in his final season at Notre Dame. He finished his career with 32 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.
"It's definitely the start of something new," Day said. "I'm excited to be part of the Jaguars family. It's going to be a fun ride."
Two Jaguars '16 draft selections remain unsigned: first-round cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Florida State) and third-round defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (Maryland).