Prospect of the day: Iowa DT Mike Daniels

The Breakdown...

DT Mike Daniels: Iowa (6-1 280)
An undersized interior lineman who plays low and looks long armed for his size. Fires off the snap count consistently on time and has the initial burst to routinely threaten gaps inside. Gets a bit overextended with his footwork sitting into his stance, but keeps his pad level down, plays with natural balance, a good forward lean and feels his way through blocks. Is really shifty in tight areas, exhibits the ability to routinely side step blocks while keeping his footing through contact and accelerating quickly toward the ball carrier. Never seems to be knocked off balance inside, simply plays with a great motor and good change of direction skills. Looks like a pinball the way he slips defenders, keeps his footing and continues to work his way toward the ball carrier inside. Is violent/sudden with his hands, does a nice job keeping himself clean inside using his arm over. Lacks ideal power on the bull rush, but generates leverage with his hands/pad level and works hard on his counter. Is really sudden when asked to disengage and work his way into the backfield. Showcases natural coordination stunting from the inside, displays good lateral explosion and generates a pop into contact.

Obviously lacks the type of girth to consistently hold up at the point of attack at the next level when run at. Is a real tweener -like many of the past Iowa defensive tackle prospects- and looks limited to more of a one-gap scheme only. Possesses the burst, leverage and quickness to find and stop plays before they start, but has to win with that first step. Is a guy who needs to continue to add some weight and prove he can handle the additional girth without losing his explosion.

Impression: A typical overachieving Iowa DT who is going to make a lot of plays inside this year as a senior. He works hard, plays low and is violent to shed. Has a chance if he adds some weight and keeps his athleticism to make a roster in the right system and work his way into a rotation.

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