OCT 29, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive line Mike Daniels (93) against Minnesota Golden Gophers in the fourth quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers defeat the Hawkeyes 22-21. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

Green Bay Packers Steal Iowa DT Mike Daniels with Fourth Round Pick

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The Green Bay Packers had two compensatory picks at the end of the fourth round, and they used on of them on former Iowa defensive tackle Mike Daniels. When Daniels was just a junior, he led the team in sacks but many assumed it was because he was playing on the same line as future first and second round picks Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard.

However, despite an injury riddled 2011, Daniels was still extremely productive for the Hawkeyes, collapsing the pocket and completely dominating at times. When his motor is turned on, there are few who can stop the 6’1″ defensive tackle who has long arms and simply has a feel for the quarterback and making plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Daniels was a mid-third round grade from me because there were times when he disappeared, but I wouldn’t have criticized any team for picking him much sooner than this.

With the addition of Jerel Worthy in the second round, the Packers have added a couple of Big Ten defensive tackles who have the potential to significantly upgrade their defensive front seven.

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