2015 NFL DRAFT

Daniel McCullers, DT

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 352 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
113133-4
Player News
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

04/17/2014 - Five players who should be on the Indianapolis Colts' draft radar: NG Daniel McCullers, Tennessee: For Pagano's (and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's) 3-4 scheme to improve against the club's No. 26th overall ranking against the run, the Colts must get bigger and more physical at the line of scrimmage. At 6-foot, 340 pounds, holdover Josh Chapman certainly possesses the square, powerful frame to handle nose guard duties but he hasn't been as effective as hoped yet after the team selected him in the fifth round two years ago. At a staggering 6-foot-7, 352 pounds, Mt. McCullers certainly would add some beef to the middle. If available in the third round, the Colts might find his size, strength and upside too much to ignore. - Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Tuesday...Like Coleman, Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers bullied opponents with his power, slipping past Swanson with a good rip move early during the one-on-one drills. McCullers, 6-foot-7 and 348 pounds, struggles with leverage, playing much higher than the rest of the South defensive linemen. This allows technicians like Florida State's Bryan Stork (6-foot-4, 306 pounds) to turn and seal the massive Volunteer from the play despite a significant weight disadvantage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 6 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee...Despite its top two rushers sidelined due to injury, Georgia ran for 238 yards against Tennessee on Saturday en route to the 34-31 overtime victory. But it was still a positive performance by McCullers who showed why some view him as a top-50 prospect for May's NFL Draft. He is a double-team magnet with his massive frame and overall length, but he has above average natural power to overwhelm single blocks and win 1-on-1 matchups.

McCullers has shown improved awareness and uses his eyes better to track and make plays against the run, although most times he just doesn't get there in time. He has tight hips and struggles to freely move laterally which inhibits his overall range. But that's not his game, McCullers is a short-area defender who clogs the middle and can handle multiple blockers while still making plays against the run whether lined up as a nose tackle or outside the guard's shoulder. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT Daniel McCullers was pinpointed as the one key player to the success of Tennessee's defense. He's not done much damage on the stat sheet, logging three tackles through the Vols' first two games, but coach Butch Jones said the massive lineman continues to improve. At his weekly news conference Monday, Jones compared McCullers to two of his former pupils at Cincinnati, John Hughes and Derek Wolf, two defensive linemen who went on to play in the NFL. "They had great, great, great senior years," Jones told media members in Knoxville. "We expect and demand a lot from Dan because he's very capable of being a difference-maker. I have been pleased with his progress in a very relative early stage of the season." - The Sports Xchange

09/13/2013 - Scouting the Tennessee run defense: Western Kentucky enjoyed significant success running against the right side of Tennessee's defensive front. That's a cause for concern given that Oregon and WKU have similar rushing offenses schematically speaking, and the Ducks already have amassed 850 rushing yards through two games. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - TOP TENNESSEE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. DT Daniel McCullers (6-6, 351, 5.18)...Despite his inexperience, McCullers' size and ability to disrupt things from the middle made him the focus of every opponents' blocking scheme. He was double-teamed on most snaps and saw triple-team blocks often. Despite the attention, McCullers' size and strength make him tough to move in the running game. He plays with better leverage than one might expect given his frame, holding up well inside and sliding off blockers to handle his two-gap responsibilities as a 3-4 nose guard. He was equally impressive against the run when Tennessee switched to a four-man front in 2012.

While McCullers' is tough against the run, he offers little in terms of a pass rush. He certainly has the strength to simply push opponents into the pocket but possesses below average foot-quickness and lateral agility. He recorded just one sack in 2012 and that number isn't likely to significantly improve in 2013. Scouts would like to see greater awareness in the passing game, however, as McCullers' long arms should allow him to tip more passes than he did in 2012 (one) as he gains experience. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/29/2013 - TOP TENNESSEE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. DT Daniel McCullers (6-6, 351, 5.18)...Sporting a frame (and jersey number) that naturally has led to comparisons to former UT-great John Henderson (6-6, 335), McCullers led the Volunteers' defensive linemen with 39 tackles in 2012 despite it being his first season in Knoxville.

A successful tour at Georgia Military Academy made McCullers one of the country's mostly highly regarded JUCO prospects. He won the starting role at nose guard out of training camp but wound up starting just seven of 12 games for the Vols last season as he acclimated to big-time college football. As the year went on, McCullers made significant strides, collecting 34 of his tackles over the final eight games. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: DT Dan McCullers - Tennessee ranked next-to-last in the SEC against the run last season, allowing an egregious average of 188.83 yards per game. McCullers is the key to reducing that statistic. The junior-college transfer ballooned to the cusp of 400 pounds in 2012, which prevented him from doing much more from plugging a gap during his first season. He also didn't have the necessary conditioning and stamina to remain on the field for any prolonged stretch of time. McCullers was down to 352 pounds by the time fall camp opened, which has made him more nimble and allowing him to make more plays. The new coaching staff also shifted McCullers from the nose to the three-technique, which increases his responsibilities against the pass. - The Sports Xchange

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee,...In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage. - Tennessee football

08/14/2013 - SEC'S 10 MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN 2013: 9. Tennessee DT Dan McCullers...Tennessee ranked next-to-last in the SEC against the run last season, allowing an egregious average of 188.83 yards per game. McCullers is the key to reducing that statistic. The junior-college transfer ballooned to the cusp of 400 pounds in 2012, which prevented him from doing much more from plugging a gap during his first season. He also didn't have the necessary conditioning and stamina to remain on the field for any prolonged stretch of time. McCullers was down to 352 pounds by the time fall camp opened, which has made him more nimble and allowing him to make more plays. The Volunteers' coaching staff shifted McCullers from the nose to the three-technique, which increases his responsibilities as a gap-shooting pass rusher. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): DL - Daniel McCullers, Tennessee (23)...In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DL...In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: Daniel McCullers, Tennessee, DT...In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage. - Tennessee football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee...In his first season at Rocky Top, McCullers made an instant impact on the Tennessee defensive line, starting seven games and accumulating 39 tackles, including 5.5 for negative yardage. - Tennessee football

 
 
Player News
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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