2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson

by Cory J. Bonini on April 5, 2011 @ 17:40:07 PDT

 


Clemson senior DeAndre McDaniel headlines a weak strong safety class in the 2011 NFL Draft.

In 2009, McDaniel posted 98 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble, eight interceptions and one touchdown return. He followed up his breakout season with a 75-tackle, four-interception effort in 2010.

Strengths

  • Fantastic ball skills
  • Reliable tackler
  • Productive
  • Played effectively in the box
  • Reacts quickly
  • DeAndre McDaniel, draft prospect
    Ball-hawking tackle machine
    Hard worker, well-respected teammate
  • Strong lower body (35-inch vertical jump)
  • Seems to have overcome a tough upbringing
  • Built for zone coverage
  • High upside
  • Size (6-foot 1/8, 217 pounds) 

Weaknesses

  • Stiff hips - doesn't sink well or turn with ease
  • Bites often on play-action fakes
  • 2008 arrest for assault
  • Average speed (official 4.63-second 40-yard dash)
  • Struggles in man coverage
  • Just two years of experience as a safety (previously a linebacker)

Expected draft placement

McDaniel could be a late second-round pick, depending how the dispersion of players goes between the first two rounds. He will come off the board no later than the end of the third round.

The Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints all could show interest in McDaniel.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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