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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:32 pm 
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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.

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

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:33 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:34 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:35 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:36 pm 
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Love the pick.

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I think what I like most about this pick is that it puts Whitehair at his best spot...guard.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:51 pm 
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By my grading he is the most athletic center in the draft. He was also graded as the best center in the draft. He moves really well, he isn't the big anchor, but holds his own. He does really well at chipping inside to open a hole and getting up field. That's why they want him.


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