Photo of Steven Daniels
Drafted By: Redskins

Combine Results

Grade
5.11 ?
  • 4.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.54 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Redskins defense allowed an abysmal 4.83 rush yds/att last season (31st), so why not take a flyer on a thumping 2-down 'backer? --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

If any running back has a question about Daniels' size, he'll be happy to answer you with a big shot to the mouth. No matter what his official height might be, the three-year starter for the Eagles is a big-time thumper in the middle. He stepped into the linebacker rotation as a freshman (25 tackles, one start at Will) and then moved onto the first team listing as a sophomore (88 tackles, 6.5 for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups). Daniels had 72 tackles, 1.5 for loss, as a junior before taking his game to another level in 2015. The first-team All-ACC selection led B.C. with 82 stops, 16 for loss, and six sacks as the Eagles ranked first in the FBS in total defense.

Analysis

Strengths

Vending machine build with wide hips and burly frame made for life inside. Downhill daddy. Anticipates his run fits and will jump downhill into the gaps to congest the lane. Has terrific upper body strength and some nasty in his big hands. Able to snatch and shed blockers with force. Can sense down blocks and sinks to fend them off. Instinctive, intelligent approach to the game.

Weaknesses

Stiff­-legged puncher when taking on climbing linemen and will give some initial ground due to a lack of bend. Below average athleticism and balance create slim margin of error as a tackler. Has some downhill burst to the ball, but has borderline range and coverage ability as a pro.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Jeff Luc

Bottom Line

On first glance, Daniels simply appears to be too big and stiff to be able to function as an NFL linebacker, but the more you watch, the more you realize that his motor and strength makes up for some of his deficiencies. Daniels has flexibility limitations that will hurt him, but his production over the last three years as a downhill player should be considered. He plays better football than he tests and could become a consideration for 3­-4 teams looking for a thumper to add some depth.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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