James Daniels

Iowa
OL

Prospect Info

College
Iowa
Hometown
Class
Warren, OH
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
306 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

6.03
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 2 ‧ Pick 7
40 Yard Dash
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Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
108.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.29
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Daniels was a two-time honorable mention all-state pick from Warren, Ohio's Harding High School, but joined his brother, running back LeShun Daniels, Jr., to make the leap to Iowa. He saw the field immediately, playing in every game and starting two at left guard as a true freshman in 2015. The coaches moved him to center in 2016, where he started 11 games (missing two with an injury) and garnering third-team All-Big Ten honors in the process. Daniels was an honorable mention all-conference player in 2017, starting 12 games in the pivot, and then decided to take his game to the pros.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 1-2
NFL Comparison
Chris Chester
Overview
Daniels is a fluid mover with tremendous initial quickness to win positioning on most every zone block he's asked to make -- both on the first and second levels. His height, weight and arm length numbers at the Combine will be critical in either solidifying his draft slot or potentially dropping him a round. Some teams might see him as a zone-only center, but he may be strong enough to fit in with other blocking schemes. He needs to get stronger, but he's a plus run blocker and pass protector with a chance to become a Pro Bowl starter.
Strengths
  • Elite movement talent for the position
  • Smooth, fluid and flexible
  • Good snap to step quickness
  • Initial contact is balanced and well-timed
  • Outpaces defenders laterally and reaches three-techniques all day long
  • Slides feet into position and swivels hips to secure the block
  • Easy second-level climber with agility for high connection rate
  • Takes smart angles
  • Can beat inside linebackers to the spot and get them sealed
  • Has reactive athleticism to open hips and redirect against slants on his backside
  • Snatches and mirrors for block centering and sustaining on work-up blocks
  • Finishes
  • Technically sound and works well with his guards
  • Pass sets with wide base and plus balance
  • Rarely caught lunging or over-extending against athletic rushers
  • Has foot quickness to stay mirrored and handle counters
  • Rolls hips under him for quality anchor
Weaknesses
  • Played lighter than he needs to be as a pro
  • Has to continue to add functional mass to his frame
  • Power at the point of attack is average
  • Bull-rushers make him work overtime to maintain his anchor
  • Will struggle to recover if nose guards get hands on him first
  • Target points can be too high in pass sets causing hands to slide up and off opponent
  • Gets in a hurry to climb on top of second level linebacker and will leave initial block unsecured for guard next to him
  • Scheme didn't allow for much drive blocking
Sources Tell Us

"The Iowa guys are always going to be quick and proficient, but you have to see them tested against power because they are usually going to be a little smaller, too. This guy has decent size and I think he's got pretty good functional power. He would come in and challenge for best center in our division right away." -- NFC team college scouting director

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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