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Name: *James Daniels 
College: Iowa     Number: 78
Height: 6-3   Weight: 306
Position: C  Pos2: OG  Class/Draft Year: Jr/2018
40 Low: 5.10
  40 Time: 5.24
   40 High: 5.36

Projected Round: 1      Stock: 
Rated number 1 out of 58 C's     18 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6033
Weight: 306

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225 Lb. Bench Reps: 21
Vertical Jump: 30 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'00"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.40
3-Cone Drill: 7.29
No 40s-Choice

Dates: 03/26/18
Hand: 09 1/2  Arm: 33 3/4
Wingspan: 80 1/4

Height: 6033
Weight: 306

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 +10LBs/5.24  Stood on Combine Numbers.
 Data Scout Notes: 2018: 01-05-18 - Announced Early Entry into 2018 NFL Draft...2017: HMC...PRimington...2016: 3rdC...2015: NAC/NAM
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  James Daniels
Iowa Hawkeyes
Center
6-3, 295, 5.24, #78
Warren, Ohio
Harding High School
Born September 13, 1997


 Update

  01/05/18 - Iowa confirmed the departures of cornerback Josh Jackson, center James Daniels and reserve quarterback Tyler Wiegers. The Hawkeyes say in a release that Jackson and Daniels intend to declare for the NFL draft, while Eastern Michigan announced this week that Wiegers is joining its program as a graduate transfer. Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his first season as a starter. Daniels might be as big of a loss as Jackson. Daniels started 25 games in three seasons at Iowa, anchoring a line that struggled at times in 2016. - AP College Football



 Overview

  There are a couple of things that scouts know walking into the facility about the Iowa Hawkeyes.

For one, its head coach - Kirk Ferentz - is the longest tenured (at the same school) in the business. Quite literally, a "big" part of that success is the fact that the former NFL offensive line coach is one of the best at churning out pro blockers with 16 of his former pupils earning draft picks since he took over in 1999.

Daniels - a three-year starter who won't turn 21 until September - will serve as the latest link in Iowa's chain of junkyard dogs to the NFL. Few drafted of the Hawkeyes drafted ahead of him offer Daniels' upside.

Daniels started at center in all 12 games in which he played in 2017, missing the season opener due to injury, earning Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors from league coaches and the media. He missed two games due to injury in 2016, as well, but started the other 11. It isn't often that true freshmen earn playing time along Ferentz's offensive line but Daniels not only played in all 14 games in 2015, he started twice.

Perhaps due in part to nagging knee injuries over the past two seasons, Daniels opted to make the jump to the NFL, announcing his decision via Instagram.

"My decision to attend the University of Iowa was the best decision of my life," Daniels wrote. "I have had an incredible college experience with memories I will always cherish. I am grateful for my UI family and the connections that will last a lifetime.

"After praying about this and discussing the options with my family and coaches, I have decided to declare for early entry in the 2018 NFL draft."

BACKGROUND
Three-year football letterman as offensive and defensive lineman . . . team captain as a senior . . . Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior and senior . . . earned Five Blocks of Granite Award as a senior . . . first-team All-Northeast Ohio as a junior and senior, along with first team all-conference and all-county . . . earned Buckeye Blue Chip recognition as a junior and senior. . . helped prep team reach first round of playoffs as a sophomore . . . started all 10 games as a senior, helping teammate rush for over 1,000 yards . . . started all nine games as a junior, as team rushed for over 1,500 yards . . . started all 11 games as a sophomore, as team rushed for over 2,000 yards and offensive line did not allow a single sack . . . also lettered in track, tossing shot put and discus.


 Analysis

  STRENGTHS
Still growing into his body but possesses ideal traits for the position including naturally thick frame with a powerful lower half and very long arms. Easy athleticism pops off the tape, showing excellent snap to step quickness to make difficult angle blocks as well as the burst to skate downfield to find secondary targets. Shows rare body control to adjust to moving targets with sticky hands to reach, snatch, control and sustain blocks through the whistle. Good agility and awareness in pass protection, as well, showing light feet and flexibility in his core to turn and adjust to surprise blitzes and stunts. Proper hand placement when helping his guards, delivering powerful jolts to the ribs and hips of opponents, occasionally knocking them off their feet. Plays with easy knee bend and possesses the core strength and long arms to anchor against bull rushers. Played in a pro-style offense, showing comfort with the quarterback taking the ball directly from him and firing accurate crisp snaps out of shotgun. Appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential. -- Rob Rang 1/11/2018

WEAKNESSES
Not yet the sum of his parts. Is almost too quick to the second level, rushing downfield but failing to anticipate where defenders will be when he gets there, allowing savvy linebackers to slip past him entirely or failing to deliver the accurate pop to eliminate them from the play. Can get a little frenetic in his play, attempting to do too much and getting himself off-balance. Pad level rises as he tires and can get walked deep into the pocket when he loses the leverage battle, needing to continue to gain more core and upper body strength. Will occasionally leave his feet to attempt cut blocks but needs to do a better job of targeting the knees of opponents, coming in too low and failing to roll, allowing defenders to leap over him. Does come with some medical red-flags after missing three combined games (and numerous practices) with knee issues, wearing braces on both knees the past two years. - Rob Rang 1/11/2018

COMPARES TO: Rodney Hudson, Raiders - As a two-time All-American who stayed through his senior season at Florida State, Hudson was clearly more polished entering the NFL than Daniels. The 6-2, 300 pounder possesses a similar bowling ball-like frame as Daniels, however, as well as the quickness and power to be a difference-maker inside. Hudson has earned two Pro Bowl nods and a five year, $44.5 million dollar deal to leave the Chiefs (the franchise which selected him 55th overall back in 2011) for Oakland.

IN OUR VIEW: The 2018 center class is a significantly better group than last year, which only resulted in five centers total being drafted. This class could double that with a few legitimate plug and play options. Daniels isn't necessarily one of them, needing to iron out some wrinkles in his game before he can be counted on as a full-time starter in the NFL. Due to his rare blend of body style and athleticism, however, it wouldn't be surprising to see him drafted earlier than most of his well-known peers as he possesses the highest upside of the bunch.


 2017 Season

  Academic All-Big Ten ... honorable mention All-Big Ten by league coaches and media ... Outland Trophy and Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch Lists ... preseason third team All-America by Athlon Sports ... preseason second team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports and College Sports Madness ... Started final 12 games of the season at center after missing opening game due to injury ... did not see action in 24-3 win over Wyoming due to injury ... started at center and played every offensive down in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State as offense gained 497 yards total offense ... started at center in 31-14 win over North Texas as offense gained 435 yards total offense ... started at center and played every offensive down in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State ... started at center and played every offensive down in 17-10 loss at Michigan State ... started at center in 45-16 win over Illinois as offense gained 441 yards total offense ... started at center and played every offensive down in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern ... started at center and played every offensive down in 17-10 win over Minnesota ... started at center and played every offensive down in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State as offense gained 487 yards total offense ... started at center and played every offensive down in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin ... started at center and played every offensive down in 24-15 loss to Purdue ... started at center in 56-14 win at Nebraska at offense rushed for 313 yards and gained 505 yards total offense ... started at center and played every offensive down in 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College.

12/15/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): James Daniels,...In addition to Jewell and Jackson, sophomore defensive end Anthony Nelson was named a third team selection by conference media and was honorable mention by coaches. Senior defensive tackle Nathan Bazata and senior outside linebacker Ben Niemann were honorable mention selections by both coaches and media. Senior safety Miles Taylor is Iowa's Sportsmanship Award recipient. -

07/13/17 - 2017 Preseason Rimington Trophy Watchlist: James Daniels, Iowa,...Daniels (6-foot-4, 295-pounds), a native of Warren, Ohio, started at center in all 11 games he played in during the 2016 season. Daniels was named to the first-team sophomore All-America by Campus Insiders and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports and third team All-Big Ten member by Big Ten Coaches and media. The Rimington Trophy winner will be announced on Jan. 13, 2018 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. The winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.


 2016 Season

  Started at center in all 11 games he played, missing two non-conference games due to injury ... missed spring drills due to injury ... started at center in 45-21 win over Miami as offense gained 404 yards total offense ... did not see action in 42-3 win over Iowa State due to injury ... did not see action in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State due to injury ... started at center and played every offensive down in 14-7 win at Rutgers ... started at center in 38-31 loss to Northwestern ... started at center and played every offensive down in 14-7 win at Minnesota ... started at center in 49-35 win at Purdue as offense rushed for 365 net yards and gained 520 yards total offense ... started at center and played every offensive down in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin ... started at center and played every offensive down in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State ... started at center and played every offensive down in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan ... started at center and played every offensive down in 28-0 win at Illinois, as offense rushed for 262 yards and gained 342 yards total offense ... started at center in 40-10 win oiver #15 Nebraska as offense rushed for 264 net yards and gained 408 yards total offense ... started at center in 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to #17 Florida.

 2015 Season

  Saw first action of career in 31-14 opening win over Ilinois State, as offense gained 431 yards total offense and allowed no sacks ... saw action in 31-17 win at Iowa State as offense gained 260 net rushing yards and 475 yards total offense ... saw action in 27-24 win over Pitt as offense gained 363 yards total offense ... saw action in 62-16 win over North Texas as offense gained 488 yards total offense ... saw action in 10-6 win at Wisconsin ... saw action at both guard and tackle in 29-20 win over Illinois as offense rushed for 278 yards and gained 478 yards total offense ... started at left guard in 40-10 win at Northwestern as offense rushed for 294 yards and gained 492 yards total offense ... saw action in 31-15 win over Maryland ... saw action on special teams in 35-27 win at Indiana ... saw action in 40-35 win over Minnesota as offense rushed for 272 yards and gained 506 yards total offense ... saw action in 40-20 win over Purdue ... saw action on specila teams in 28-20 win at Nebraska ... saw action on special teams in 16-13 loss to Michigan State ... started at left guard in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford.

 High School

  Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a junior and senior ... earned Five Blocks of Granite Award as a senior ... first-team All-Northeast Ohio as a junior and senior, along with first team all-conference and all-county ... earned Buckeye Blue Chip recognition as a junior and senior ... Career - - Three-year football letterman as offensive and defensive lineman ... team captain as a senior ... helped prep team reach first round of playoffs as a sophomore ... started all 10 games as a senior, helping teammate rush for over 1,000 yards ... started all nine games as a junior, as team rushed for over 1,500 yards ... started all 11 games as a sophomore, as team rushed for over 2,000 yards and offensive line did not allow a single sack ... also lettered in track, tossing shot put and discus.

 Personal

  Born 9/13/97 ... biology major ... parents are Alicia and LeShun Daniels ... brother of Iowa RB LeShun Daniels, Jr... . one of five sets of brothers on Iowa roster ... high school coach was Steve Arnold.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
02/28/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Interior OL Measures Up to Expectations: Iowa's James Daniels, a junior currently second on NFLDraftScout.com's center rankings, came through with a more prototypical 6-foot-3 3/8 inches, 306 pounds, along with 9 1/2-inch hands, 33 3/4-inch arms and an 80 1/4-inch wingspan. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Must-see Prospects per Position: OL James Daniels, Iowa, 6-3, 295, 5.24...Currently ranked 2nd among Cs, 51st overall and a 2nd-round value...Apologies to projected top 10 pick Quenton Nelson, but at least from an athleticism and medical standpoint, Daniels is the Must-See offensive linemen of the Combine. Don't let his projected 40-yard dash number fool you, Daniels shows rare initial quickness, balance and agility, and scouts are eager to get measurements on his height, weight and arm length. For as excited as scouts are about Daniels' perceived upside, he does come with medical red flags, missing time due to knee problems each of the past two seasons. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/26/18 - OL James Daniels is the Must-See offensive linemen of the Combine. Don't let his projected 40-yard dash number fool you, Daniels shows rare initial quickness, balance and agility, and scouts are eager to get measurements on his height, weight and arm length. For as excited as scouts are about Daniels' perceived upside, he does come with medical red flags, missing time due to knee problems each of the past two seasons. -- Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/05/18 - Iowa confirmed the departures of cornerback Josh Jackson, center James Daniels and reserve quarterback Tyler Wiegers. The Hawkeyes say in a release that Jackson and Daniels intend to declare for the NFL draft, while Eastern Michigan announced this week that Wiegers is joining its program as a graduate transfer. Jackson led the nation with eight interceptions and 26 passes defended and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his first season as a starter. Daniels might be as big of a loss as Jackson. Daniels started 25 games in three seasons at Iowa, anchoring a line that struggled at times in 2016. - AP College Football
12/15/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): James Daniels,...In addition to Jewell and Jackson, sophomore defensive end Anthony Nelson was named a third team selection by conference media and was honorable mention by coaches. Senior defensive tackle Nathan Bazata and senior outside linebacker Ben Niemann were honorable mention selections by both coaches and media. Senior safety Miles Taylor is Iowa's Sportsmanship Award recipient. - Iowa Football

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