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Packers draft pick Mike Daniels, DT Iowa
Packers 4th round draft pick Mike Daniels, DT Iowa

With their fourth round pick (132nd overall) in the 2012 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Mike Daniels, a defensive tackle out of Iowa.


Mike Daniels
Defensive tackle
University of Iowa
6’0″ 291lbs


From CBSDraft: Daniels was lightly recruited out of high school, choosing Iowa over Temple. After redshirting in 2007, he saw limited action as a reserve end/tackle in 2008, recording six tackles, one tackle for loss and a sack. He was a backup defensive tackle in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing with 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Daniels earned a starting job in 2010 as a junior with eight starts, recording 40 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He had his most productive season in 2011 as a senior (13 starts), finishing with 67 tackles and a team-best 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Daniels


Did not participate in any official tests – had shoulder surgery in January. Was cleared by doctors two weeks ago.


STRENGTHS – Daniels is quick off the ball and uses his small frame to work between blockers. He has the instincts to understand schemes and work against them, and he is strong enough, despite his relative lack of size, to engage and then shed a blocker to burst to the play. He is flexible and an overall active interior player.

WEAKNESSES – Daniels is undersized and gets engulfed by bigger blockers and double teams. His strength and effort will suffice, but bigger players have a clear advantage on him at times. He will have to be placed in good spots and schemes to be effective inside in the NFL.

From CBSDraft:

Strengths: A coordinated athlete with a lightning quick first step and natural explosion … routinely the first defensive lineman off the ball. Built low to the ground and is most effective when he keeps his pad level low and battles. Has active hands to slip blocks and a high motor to never give up on the play … plays hard and hungry on every snap. Agile and nimble footwork with smooth body control … very light on his feet. Fights through the whistle and is always chirping and going at full-go … love his effort and determination. Extremely tough, battling through an ankle sprain most of 2011. A leader and hard worker off the field, adding over 50-pounds since enrolling
as a 230-pound freshman. Consistently productive over his career (27 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks). Weaknesses: Undersized and lacks elite bulk and girth for an interior defensive lineman … doesn’t have NFL measureables or length. Lacks a stout anchor and can be redirected off the snap with underwhelming base strength. Tends to play too upright at times and needs to be more consistent with his leverage to maximize his potential. Has short arms and has room to improve his pass rush technique. Struggles to disengage with inconsistent hand use and power … too often gets lost in a crowd. Needs to wrap and finish, too often settling to just hit the ballcarrier. Battled a leg injury for most of the past season so his medical will be important. Will be scheme-specific at the next level because of his lack of size and strength – won’t be a fit for everyone. NFL Comparison: Drake Nevis — Dane Brugler



Wow has the Packers defensive line just gotten crowded. We were just discussing on CheeseheadRadio last evening how crowded it was going to be and how many players would have to be cut, and now the Packers add another Dl to the mix. The handwriting is officially on the wall for Jarius Wynn and CJ, Wilson. Sorry, guys…



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6 thoughts on “Packers 2012 NFL Draft – Fourth Round Pick: Mike Daniels, DT Iowa

  1. The rosters go to 90 this year before being cut to 53 in August. Competition will be fierce and I do expect to see some hitting. This guy pushes the pocket and has good moves. Some pro-training will have him giving people a run for their money

  2. I fell off the chair when I heard the name and said damm,I picked another…then I realized it was Mike Daniels of Iowa and not Matt Daniels the S from Duke.

  3. I don’t understand the CBS Draft comments. The first paragraph says he has “active hands to slip blocks” but the second says “struggles to disengage with inconsistent hand use”.

    Why does it disagree with itself? Which comment is right? I’m happy with the pick personally but some of the draftnik comments really baffle me…

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