Daniel Helm

Duke
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Prospect Info

College
Duke
Hometown
Class
Chatham, Ill.
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
251 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.15
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
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Helm was an all-state tight end from Illinois and a top 10 prospect nationally at the position when he signed with the Tennessee. He played in 12 games as a true freshman, starting twice and catching six passes for 37 yards on the year. After the season, he decided to transfer to Duke, reportedly to avoid verbal abuse coming from Volunteers head coach Butch Jones. Helm sat out the 2015 season and then returned to be a regular contributor as a reserve the following season (21-235-11.2, two TD in 12 games). In 2017, he started all 13 games and had 22 receptions for 261 yards (11.9 average) and two scores. ACC coaches voted him third-team all-conference for his play as a senior, as he caught 26 passes for 271 yards (10.4 per) and two scores in 13 games (11 starts).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Highly-rated prospect coming out of college who failed to become a splashy prospect during stints at Tennessee and Duke. Helm's athletic ability is on display as both a move blocker and a pass-catcher, and his ability to generate workable separation out of breaks should not be discounted. His versatility and experience on special teams should improve his draft stock as he has some developmental traits as a pass-catcher that teams could try to build upon.
Strengths
  • Fluid athlete with adequate frame and long arms
  • Capable move blocker with agility and body control to adjust to and strike moving targets
  • Good transition to catch defender and immediately run feet to generate movement
  • Able to stay in front of his work as run and pass blocker
  • Uses good footwork, low pad level and explosive hips into his initial contact
  • Smooth climber up to second level and zeroes in on his assignments as blocker in space
  • Willing to attack when iso-blocks arise
  • Trusted to handle pass protection duties from time to time
  • Plays with sudden feet that take him in and out of breaks with quickness
  • Has adequate separation quickness in tight quarters
  • Plays with necessary bend for sharp pivots and tight route turns
  • Desired catch radius to pluck high and wide throws.
Weaknesses
  • Might lack play strength to handle full-time run-blocking duties against NFL base ends
  • Needs to play with a more sudden punch to prevent opponents from displacing hands
  • Appears to desire base strength to handle speed-to-power rushers
  • Pass-catching production doesn't match athletic talent
  • Displays inconsistent play speed in his routes
  • Tape shows tendency to cut some routes short
  • Needs to run through the catch-point and finish each route with more urgency
  • Plagued by focus drops at times over last two seasons.

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league