6-1 210lbs Senior
2007- 33 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 INTs, 5 pass breakups
2008- 68 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles
2009- 98 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 8 INT, 1 forced fumble
DeAndre McDaniel had a very successful Junior season but decided to return to Clemson. McDaniel has good size and excellent speed. He utilizes those abilities to constantly be around the ball making plays. McDaniel spends countless hours studying game film which he uses on game day. All the film preparation and his physical abilities helped him lead the ACC with 8 interceptions last season. Another major strength of McDaniel’s is his ability to quickly diagnose plays and put himself in perfect position to make a play. McDaniel is a versatile safety; he has the speed to be a centerfielder but also possesses the toughness to play in the box. He displayed his ability to support the run by playing a full season at linebacker.
It was a good idea for McDaniel to return to Clemson for his Senior season. While he had a really good Junior year he still needs more game experience at the safety position. The more time spent learning the position the easier the transition to the NFL will be. The biggest issue with McDaniel is his questionable character. He was arrested for assault and the circumstances were not very pretty. NFL teams will be closely watching McDaniel and another slip could cost him.
McDaniel is our top rated safety and sits at #15 on our 2011 NFL Draft Big Board. His combination of size, athletic ability, and football IQ make him a very dangerous player. The safety position has become increasingly important in the NFL and McDaniel hopes to cash in.
If McDaniel can stay out of trouble he could easily be a top 12 pick in next year’s draft.