James Daniels Draft Profile

James Daniels draft profile

Strengths:

  • Good snap to step quickness
  • Elite movement talent for the position
  • Smooth, fluid and flexible
  • Outpaces defenders laterally and reaches three-techniques all day long
  • Takes smart angles
  • Technically sound and works well with his guards
  • Rarely caught lunging or over-extending against athletic rushers
  • Pass sets with wide base and plus balance
  • Gets to the second level with ease

Analysis: James¬†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. He is smooth and flexible in every movement. Rarely caught out of position, he is technically sound and takes the best angles to opposing defenders. His first step once he snaps the ball is elite, no wasted motion. On tape, it was rare if you found him lunging or over-extending, specifically against athletic pass rushers. He keeps his base wide and is not thrown off his anchor often. Plus footwork.

Weaknesses:

  • Could add some weight
  • Power at the point of attack is average
  • Will struggle to recover if nose guards get hands on him first
  • Has struggled against bull rush
  • Target points can be too high in pass sets causing hands to slide up and off opponent
  • Rarely had to drive block due to scheme

Analysis: James Daniels is an elite center prospect in this years draft, but he could use to add some weight to his frame. That would prevent him from getting ‘big-boyed’ at the line of scrimmage. On tape, he seemed to struggle at times against powerful lineman who used a straight bull rush against him. He was not asked to drive block at all while with the Hawkeyes, something NFL teams could be concerned about. NFL 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. Hands tend to shoot higher than needed.

What the experts say about James Daniels:¬†“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

Size: 6’3 306lbs

Draft Grade: 1st Round

NFL Comparison: Pat Elflein

Draft Projection: Round 2

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