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Combine Results

Grade
5.2 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 116.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Daniels was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the Bay Valley Athletic League near San Francisco as a high school senior receiver, but his destiny was to be a college tight end. He moved to that position midway through his freshman year, when he played in all but one game and made three special teams tackles. Daniels played in 11 games as a sophomore, starting four and catching 11 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. He caught 19 passes as a part-time starter in 2015 (eight of 13 games played), running for 250 yards and a score. As a senior, Daniels earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice by gaining a career-high 307 yards and three scores on 17 receptions. He started six of the conference champion Huskies' 14 games.

Analysis

Strengths

Has absolutely freakish physical attributes. Arm length and hand size would be considered outstanding for an offensive tackle. Stretches high and outside his frame to make the catch. Hands are supple and strong and the ball tends to stick to them at impact. Plucks it away from his body and can secure through contact. Carded a verified sub 4.50 40-yard dash during spring. Short strider, but feet turn over rapidly to propel him down the field. Can work the third level. Adjusts his path to off-target deep throws. Team-first player and vocal leader. Has successful stint as a cover man on special teams in his background.

Weaknesses

Doesn't always play to his timed speed. Production is below expected level for his physical attributes. Had just 47 touches and five touchdowns over three years. Got open with speed alone and benefited from misdirection, play-action and borderline pick plays. Doesn’t use quality fakes and speed variances to create movement from safeties. Blocks with locked-out knees and little hip bend. Lacks physicality and aggressiveness be counted on as a blocker.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Sources Tell Us

"He's going to test through the roof and he's going to get overdrafted on the traits. Mark my words." -- NFC West scout

Bottom Line

Converted wide receiver who is definitely a pass catcher rather than a combination tight-end who can handle blocking assignments as well. Daniels' combination of athletic ability and physical traits figures to land him as a third-day draft pick, but he will have to learn to run routes more effectively as a matchup tight end in the NFL or he will find himself stuck on the practice squad for a couple of seasons.
-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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