Mike Daniels, DL

  • Height: 6-foot-1
  • Weight: 280 pounds
  • School: Iowa
Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels is seen during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 44-41 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Scouting Report

Daniels seems to have all the skills necessary to be an immediate contributor in the NFL, but his lack of size and recent injury history may have teams holding off on selecting him until the middle rounds. The defensive lineman from Iowa has been lauded for his quick first step off the snap, using his speed to get around and through opposing linemen. Daniels makes up for his smaller stature with that speed and solid ball instincts, making him difficult to block. However, his health has come into question. He suffered a pair of sprained ankles and a torn labrum - all in 2011 alone. He still was able to play all 13 games his senior season, registering 67 tackles and nine sacks. He finished his college career strong with two sacks against Oklahoma in the Insight Bowl despite his shoulder injury. Daniels ended up having surgery to repair his shoulder, but he insists he's fully healthy and ready to contribute immediately to the team that drafts him. He's thought to be best suited to play in a 4-3 defense, though teams with different schemes still may be interested in a quick interior lineman. Daniels could be selected as high as the third round, and he shouldn't last past the fifth.

 

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