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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Tony McDaniel

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 300 | College: Tennessee
 
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Overview

McDaniel's decision to leave Tennessee and enter the 2006 NFL Draft did not catch the coaching staff by surprise. While McDaniel has excellent size and good athletic ability, he started only once during his 33-game career. But he faced a civil lawsuit for a winter fight and felt it was best to leave the program.

McDaniel was an All-State selection and named to The (Columbia) State's Class AAAA/AAA All-Area team as a senior at W.J. Keenan High School. He was rated the best defensive lineman in South Carolina by TigersIllustrated.com. As a senior, he had 87 tackles and registered 9.5 sacks on defense. He also caught 13 passes with two touchdowns from his tight end position and participated in the annual Shrine Bowl Game.

McDaniel originally committed to Clemson, but decided to enroll at Tennessee in 2003. He saw limited action in 11 games, managing only seven tackles (4 solos) with one stop for a loss. He played in 13 games, starting the Cotton Bowl at right defensive tackle in 2004. He finished with 13 tackles (10 solos), a sack, two stops for losses and four quarterback pressures while also deflecting two passes.

After the 2004 season, McDaniel's troubles began. McDaniel was charged with felony aggravated assault after he punched another student during a pickup basketball game in January 2005. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to probation and forced to pay restitution for medical bills not covered by insurance.

McDaniel was also retroactively suspended from summer school by UT and suspended from the football team for the first two games of the 2005 season. He returned to play in nine games as a reserve, making 13 tackles (11 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage and three pass breakups.

Losing the credit hours last summer weighed into McDaniel's decision to turn pro. He was faced with having to take a heavy class load this semester just to be eligible for the 2006 season. He played in 33 games, starting once, at Tennessee. McDaniel finished his career with 33 tackles (25 solos), a 9-yard sack and six stops for losses of 18 yards. He added five quarterback pressures and deflected five passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has long limbs with adequate overall muscle definition and body mass … Has decent initial quickness and a good feel for block pressure … Plays better on the move than when anchoring, beating blocks better with his quickness than with power … Can clear his feet and shows good effort to chase and pursue the ball … Uses his long arms to wrap up and has the functional strength to drag down ball carriers … Not a speed rusher, but flashes enough burst to flush and close on the quarterback.

Negatives: Lacks lower body strength and will lose leverage and get pushed back when trying to neutralize blocks … Needs to keep his pads down in order to generate an effective burst off the line … Has strong hands, but will try to grab ball carriers as they run by rather than positioning to make the hit … Struggles to get off blocks when his initial burst fails … A bit high-waisted, which causes him to struggle when changing direction … Must generate better hand placement in attempts to shed and disengage … Must work harder in the weight room to improve his overall strength … Has a civil lawsuit pending that might warrant further review.

Blessed with the size and quickness of former Tennessee standout John Henderson, the coaches waited three years for the "light to go on" where McDaniel was concerned. He has great athletic ability, but rarely applied it on the field and his arrest during the winter of 2005 not only caused him to miss playing time, but also affected his academics, as he was suspended from school.

McDaniel has room on his frame for further bulk development and needs to tone his soft midsection. He has functional upper body strength, but poor hand usage in attempts to shed. He lacks a good feel for blocking pressure and will shut down when his initial move is stalemated. He plays better on the move than when anchoring, as he can beat blocks with his short area burst.

McDaniel gets too high in his stance and quickly loses leverage vs. double teams, preventing him from holding ground at the point of attack and allowing him to get rerouted. He has marginal hand usage when trying to shed and has to do a better job of keeping blockers off his body. He stays alive on the pass rush due to adequate swim and rip moves, but appears better when using his club move on the bull rush.

Considering his lack of production and off-field issues, it would have been better for him to transfer to a lower level than enter the draft. He has good athletic ability and the frame to add bulk, but his failure to produce will relegate him to being a camp player.

Career Notes

Averaged one tackle for each game (33) of his Tennessee career … Made six stops behind the line of scrimmage and had five quarterback pressures.

2005 Season

Played as a reserve right defensive tackle in the team's final two games … Suspended for the first two games by the coaches and from summer school by the administration after punching another student in a pickup basketball game earlier in the year … Finished with 13 tackles (11 solos), three stops for losses of 5 yards and a quarterback pressure … Also deflected three passes.

2005 Game Analysis

Louisville … Deflected a pass.

Mississippi … Batted away another pass and made a solo tackle.

Georgia … Followed with three solo tackles and a pass breakup.

Alabama … Added a pair of tackles.

South Carolina … Had two more tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss.

Memphis … Delivered a stop behind the line of scrimmage and three solo hits.

Kentucky … Closed out his career with a stop for a 1-yard loss.

2004 Season

Played in every game, starting the Cotton Bowl vs. Texas A&M at right defensive tackle … Recorded 13 tackles (10 solos) with a 9-yard sack and two stops for losses of 11 yards … Credited with four quarterback pressures and deflected two passes.

2004 Game Analysis

Florida, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Auburn (SEC Championship) and Texas A&M (Cotton Bowl) … Made one solo tackle in each game.

Auburn (regular season) … Posted a pair of hits.

Alabama … Added three tackles (2 solos).

South Carolina … Sacked QB Dondrial Pinkins for a 9-yard loss and came up with three solo tackles and two stops behind the line of scrimmage.

2003 Season

Played in 11 games as a reserve defensive tackle … Finished with seven tackles (4 solos) … Made a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Vanderbilt.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Agility Tests

Campus: 5.09 in the 40-yard dash … 345-pound bench press … 500-pound squat … 319-pound power clean … 33 -inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.

Off-Field Issues

McDaniel was indicted May 17, 2005 on a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly hitting a student in the face during a pickup basketball game on campus on January 12, 2005. A Knox County grand jury handed down the indictment, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press. McDaniel faced up to six years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. McDaniel is one of 11 Tennessee players who have been either arrested or cited for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to underage drinking since February 2004.

The 6-foot-7, 295-pound McDaniel is accused of hitting Edward Goodrich, a 26-year-old student. Goodrich testified during a hearing in April that his face was broken in four places and doctors had to insert a metal plate to treat his injuries. Some of the incident was caught on tape by a video camera at the university recreation center.

McDaniel's attorney, Don Bosch, argued in April the charge against his client should be reduced to a misdemeanor because Goodrich's injuries were not serious enough to warrant a felony charge.

McDaniel was initially charged with felony aggravated assault, but later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault. He was sentenced to probation and forced to pay restitution to Goodrich for medical bills not covered by insurance. He was also retroactively suspended from summer school by UT and suspended from the football team for the first two games of the 2005 season. Losing the credit hours last summer weighed into McDaniel's decision to turn pro. He was faced with having to take a heavy class load this semester just to be eligible next season.

Recently, Goodrich filed a lawsuit against McDaniel seeking $300,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

High School

Attended W.J. Keenan (Columbia, S.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Ernie Hughes … All-State selection and named to The (Columbia) State's Class AAAA/AAA All-Area team as a senior … Rated the best defensive lineman in South Carolina by TigersIllustrated.com … As a senior, he had 87 tackles and registered 9.5 sacks … Also caught 13 passes with two touchdowns from his tight end position and participated in the annual Shrine Bowl Game.

Personal

Arts and Sciences major … Born Anthony Dewayne McDaniel … Born 1/28/85 … Resides in Columbia, South Carolina.

 
 

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