Johnny Daniels NFL Draft Prospect

Johnny Daniels (#93) played defensive tackles for Arkansas Pine Bluff. Daniels attended Foreman High School in Chicago, Illinois. Daniels found much success in college. During his senior year of high school, Daniels had 82 tackles, five sacks, and three forced fumbles. As a junior, Daniels had 43 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Daniels was named a Top 100 player in the Chicago area and was a two year captain for Foreman. Daniels was also named to the All-City Team as a junior and senior as well as being named Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. Daniels 1
Daniels started his collegiate playing career at the University of Purdue. He started his playing career as a defensive lineman but Purdue asked him to make the switch to offense his senior season. Daniels didn’t see playing time in 2013 due to being redshirted and in 2014-2015 Daniels saw limited time on the field. In 2016, Purdue decided to move Daniels to the offensive line. Daniels mentions that his limited playing time humbled him and that he is grateful for all the opportunities he had at Purdue. In 2017, Daniels transferred to Arkansas Pine Bluff where he finished out his collegiate career. Here, Daniels saw an increase of time on the field as a member of the defensive line where he was able to record 28 total tackles (20 assisted and 8 solo), 3 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hits and 1 pass breakup. Daniels reflected on his collegiate experience by saying, “though we didn’t have the best record, it helped add fuel to the fire with heading into pro day and other opportunities afterward.”
Daniels talked about his toughest matchup and said it came during his time with Arkansas Pine Bluff early in the season when they faced Arkansas State. Daniels talked about his preparation and said, “looking at film I knew we had to bring it as a defensive line and find a way to make their quarterback uncomfortable, even though they ran RPO so it was a lot of quick passes.” Daniels went on to have three total tackles against Arkansas State. Daniels went on to also mention, “I worked on transitioning speed to power which we as a group had decided to emphasize on this week because we felt as if we had an advantage in that area.”Daniels 3 (2)
Daniels is currently preparing to participate in pro day as he looks to impress NFL scouts one final time prior to the draft. Daniels said, “I feel as if the most important thing I need to work on for pro day is my explosion, agility, and flexibility.” Furthermore Daniels explained that these, “three things can help me tremendously, especially during the drills which I believe is the most important part of the day.” Daniels has proven that he can shed blocks and apply pressure to opposing offenses when given the opportunity. When Daniels participates in his pro day, Daniels has the ability to wow scouts in the 40 yard dash, shuttle, bench and position drills. He also has the ability to shed blocks with his fast hands and can close gaps. Daniels will show scouts what his strengths are as he looks to make an NFL team prior to the start of the 2018 season.

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