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Chase Daniel (QB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 218
College: Missouri
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Southlake, TX
High School: Carroll
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Overview

Although Daniel lacks prototypical height, he has not come up short in his production or moxie for the Tigers. The 2007 Heisman finalist was a three-year starter in Missouri's spread offense (which he also ran in high school), completing 68.5 percent of his passes (72.9 percent in 2008) for 12,515 yards and 100 touchdowns. Though he's rarely given credit for his mobility, Daniel also ran for almost 1,000 yards during his career.


His pro grade may depend on which film teams use when grading him, as he started off his senior campaign as hot as any quarterback in the country, leading Missouri to as high as a No. 4 ranking by throwing for a staggering 15 touchdowns against only one interception. A tough outing against Oklahoma State (one touchdown, three interceptions) led to a steady decline in consistency and production as the 2008 season wore, culminating in a disappointing week of practice at the East-West Shrine Game.


No one can argue with his production, but Daniel's lack of height, arm-strength and ability to rally down the stretch could result in him falling completely out of the draft. Had an arm span of 28 3/4 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.


High School

Daniel came to MU after being named the 2004 EA Sports National High School Player of the Year on the strength of impressive team and individual accomplishments ... Led his Southlake Carroll team to a perfect 16-0 record in 2004 and a Class 5A state championship, in addition to a No. 1 national ranking and mythical national championship by numerous publications, including USA Today and Student Sports Magazine ... Played wideout as a sophomore and was part of another state championship squad that went 16-0, and was the quarterback on the freshman team in 2001 that went 9-1 for a four-year record at Southlake of 56-2, including 47-1 on the varsity ... Two-year varsity quarterback stats included 11,252 total yards and 127 TDs, as he completed 529-of-811 passes for 8,298 yards and 91 TDs and added 2,954 rushing yards and 39 TDs...Was a two-time state Class 5A player of the year, winning the award in each of his last two years ... Senior season statistics included 6,042 yards of total offense and 70 total TDs ... As a senior, completed 298-of-461 passes for 4,617 yards and 49 TDs with only 14 interceptions, while he also ran 248 times for 1,425 yards and 21 more TDs ... Drove his team 49 yards in the state championship game to set up a game-winning field goal as time expired to keep the perfect season alive ... Ended the title game with 295 yards passing and one TD and 84 yards rushing ... Was outstanding on a rare national television appearance for the high school ranks, when he led his team to a 52-27 win in October over rival Denton Ryan that was shown on ESPN2 ... Threw for three TDs in the game and ran for two more as he had 351 yards passing and 98 running on the night...As a junior, threw for 3,681 yards and 42 TDs while rushing for 1,529 yards and 18 TDs in leading Carroll to a 15-1 record and 5A runner-up showing ... More honors include: EA Sports 1st-Team All-American (multipurpose) in 2004; Parade All-American in 2004; 1st-Team all-state in 2003 and 2004; 1st-Team all-district and all-area in 2003 and 2004, among many others ... Won second-teamTeam all-district honors as a wide receiver in 2002, as he caught 53 passes for 675 yards ... An outstanding all-around athlete who is also a 1st-Team all-district pitcher/outfielder in baseball, and a member of his school's sprint relay team in track ... High school coach - Todd Dodge, who was a standout college quarterback with the University of Texas.


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Analysis

Positives: Gutty, competitive field general. A virtual coach on the field. Reads defenses well and checks down effectively. Good accuracy to all levels. Shows enough zip in the short to intermediate throws when given a deep pocket. Good touch to place the ball between the linebackers and safeties down the seams. More elusive than often given credit for. Can buy time in and out of the pocket and shows good accuracy on the move.


Negatives: May be too short for the NFL. Scouts believe his success in this system is greatly tied to throwing out of the shotgun -- and thereby the open passing lanes and middle underneath passes of the scheme. Seemed to provide further evidence of this theory with his struggles at the East-West Shrine game. Questionable arm strength. Has the zip to complete the short and intermediate passes, but has to wind-up for longer throws and due to his lack of height and release point, longer passes tend to sail.


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