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6’0″ 291 pounds, 32.5″ arms, 9 5/8″ hands
Projected Round: 3-5
Mike Daniels came out of nowhere last season to lead a star-studded Iowa defensive line (three NFL draft picks) in tackles for loss. Perhaps it was the company he was in that helped him along the way, or perhaps he has some skill of his own. My bet is on the latter, and Daniels could really break out in 2011 as a playmaker on the Iowa defensive line. He is a quick twitch lineman who plays with a low center of gravity and has a nose for the ball carrier. His performance will be huge this season for the Hawkeyes.
Daniels, AKA “the Beast” plays like his nickname. He is powerful up front and has the ability to fill gaps and stop the run, but also has the speed and athleticism to rush the passer and make key tackle for loss. Daniels is a second team all Big Ten selection by the coaches and a first team all Big Ten honorable mention by the media. I expect Daniels to be drafted in the middle to late rounds. He has the ability to make a significant impact at the next level but may be over looked if he doesn’t have a good pro day.
PROS: Speed, quickness, makes plays behind the line, tough kid, plays with solid leverage most of the time.
CONS: Not an elite run-stuffer, smaller than most DT prospects, can get pushed around by more powerful linemen
If it becomes available