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D.J. Daniel

CB

Georgia

Strengths 

6'0"

Height

Weight

195

Vertical
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
31"
9 1/8"
33 3/8"
81"
Bench
Vertical
Broad Jump
3-Cone
11
31"
9' 11"
7.02
40-Time
10-Time-1
20-Time-2
20-Shuttle
4.62
4.12

7.55

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Team Fit

Daniel has a good combination of size and speed to excel at the next level and will be able to man up on the outside with any NFL receiver type. Daniel is best when left on an island in man to man coverage and has good technique. He is very patient in waiting for the WR to make a move off the line and gets into a good jam technique, using his strength and size to his advantage. Daniel has the ability to turn and run with receivers after initial contact and stays in phase on deep routes. He plays well through the hands and doesn’t look for the ball unless necessary. Daniel has great footwork at the line of scrimmage and always aligns himself to make plays. He has great fluidity in his hips and it gives him the ability to stop and turn on quick routes very efficiently. Daniel has incredible closing speed and is great on chasing deep routes over the top. He has great short range explosiveness.

Weaknessess

Daniel is a man to man cover guy but isn’t great in off man or zone schemes. This shouldn’t be a concern at the NFL level but will be a slight learning curve when adjusting to an NFL scheme. Daniel needs to be careful with his hand technique. He fights hands well but has a tendency to grab jerseys and get handsy, which will lead to calls against at the next level. Daniel has a bad habit of using a two hand jam technique at the line of scrimmage and in catch man and it will cause him to get burned at the next level. Daniel is more focused on coverage than anything else and because of this doesn’t fit well into the run game. He is a good open-field tackler and can make plays as a run stopper, but it isn’t his primary focus.

Big Picture

Daniel is going to be a top CB in the 2021 draft. Despite his lack of experience at the FBS level, Daniel has shown in his one year at Georgia that he is an elite man to man corner that is going to be a problem for opposing WRs at the NFL level. His combination of size and speed to go with his polished man technique is going to make opposing QBs think twice before throwing his way. He needs to focus more in the run game and help seal the edge, but what he lacks in run stopping ability he makes up for with great coverage. Daniel may have some hiccups in his game in his first year due to his aggressive hands and it may lead to excessive penalties, but I expect Daniel to make an immediate impact as a lockdown cover corner. Daniel will be a day 2 pick. I doubt anyone will reach on him in the first round but I also wouldn’t be surprised. Look for Daniel to come off the board mid-second round to early third.

Player Comp

Draft Projection

Final Grade

Athleticism:

7.95

7.25

Foot Quickness
Lateral Agility
Speed
Play Strength
Balance
8.75
8
8
7
8

7.83

Coverage Ability:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

Press Coverage
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
Hand Fighting
Recovery
Hip Fluidity
8
8.5
6.25
7
8.25
9

Playmaking:

8.5

Closing Quickness
Ball Skills
High-Point Ability
8.5
9
8

7.25

Run Support:

6.33

7.25

Pursuit Angles
Engage with Blockers
Tackling
7
6.25
5.75

Competitiveness:

7.58

Aggression
Confidence
Consistency/Motor
6.75
9
7

Intelligence:

7.33

7.25

Play Recognition
Position Versatility
Communication
8
7
7