Daniel McCullers, DT

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 352 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.33--27 20 1/28'1"--

Player Overview

Daniel "Dan" McCullers struggled to qualify academically out of high school and enrolled at Georgia Military Academy for two seasons.

A three-star JUCO recruit, he received offers from Alabama and Mississippi State, but decided to transfer to Tennessee, mostly because of the 3-4 defense. McCullers earned the starting NG as a junior in 2012 and started 19 games the past two seasons as a fixture on the Volunteers' three-man front. He plays like a tree trunk rooted in the middle of the LOS, clogging the middle and cementing himself as a tough guy to move.

McCullers shows improved awareness, but just doesn't get to the ball in time, lacking any type of range or flexibility to be a consistent factor away from the middle of the LOS. He is an inconsistent performer and lacks the killer instinct and effort ideal for the next level - bark is worse than his bite. McCullers' size is both a positive and a negative, but his ability to be a space-eater will appeal to some teams - some untapped potential there to be an early third day pick.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Mammoth human being with thick bones and above average build from head to toe...long arms and engulfing wingspan to eat up blockers...double-team magnet and not an easy player to move from his spot - load to handle...stuffs run lanes with his stout trunk and sheer size, tossing linemen in his way...very good natural power to attack single blockers and win one-on-one match-ups...decent chase speed for his size, making some plays downfield...flashes technique and showed improvements in this area...tough and durable, starting 19 games the past two seasons in the SEC - played both 0- and 3-technique spots.

WEAKNESSES: Tight hips and struggles to smoothly move laterally, inhibiting his overall range - short-area player...struggles mightily with leverage and often knocked backwards when he allows blockers to get low...extreme weight fluctuation, playing between 350 and 400 pounds since high school...will slow down at contact and doesn't dominate like his size would suggest...needs to show better snap anticipation and very limited as a pass rusher...struggles to break down in space and needs to be a better finisher when he's in the area...will clearly take some plays off and disappears from games - looks worn out and not going full-go on each snap, raising questions about his conditioning...not a strong practice player and needs to be more committed to his development - questionable football passion and overall competitive nature...minor durability concerns, dealing with a left hamstring strain.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 6/215 - Daniel McCullers, NT, 6-7, 352, Tennessee...Steelers want their nose tackles to eat up blocks and McCullers is big enough to eat up several. He is the biggest man on their roster right now. A little tall for nose tackle, so playing low will be a test for him. - The Sports Xchange


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