Dan McCullers – Defensive Tackle – Tennessee
Size – 6067 – 352 – 5.50e
Strong Points – Size, strength, read and react skills, can hold the point
Weak Points – Marginal athlete, no speed, not much in the way of pursuit, no pass rush
2013 Stats – 33 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 career sacks
Summation – Originally enrolled at Georgia Military College, where he played in 2010 and 2011 and transferred to Tennessee for the 2012 season. He started seven games in 2012 and 12 games in 2013.
He plays defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. McCullers is a big body (6067 – 352) but a marginal athlete. He is so big that he has a tendency to stand straight up at the snap, often exposing his body to blockers. He is very strong and tough to move, but he is a limited athlete who lacks good lateral agility, balance, and speed. He can have trouble protecting his legs and gets cut too often.
He has fairly good recognition skills and does a good job occupying blockers. He will get some penetration at times and can be disruptive. There are times when he stays low, sheds quickly, and can make a play in a small area. While he will attempt to chase the ball, he lacks speed and is rarely a factor in pursuit.
As a pass rusher, he can get an occasional push, but that’s it. He lacks any quick twitch and has trouble redirecting. I haven’t seen a burst to the quarterback.
McCullers needs to lose weight and play at about 335. At that weight, he may add some quickness. He has a role as a rotational run stopper. I don’t ever see him being in a game on a passing down. He can hold the point and be a bit disruptive versus the run. He would be best in a 3-5 as a nose or five-technique, but he can also play tackle in some 4-3 two-gap schemes. He looks like a fifth to sixth round pick to me.
Grade B 6.4