DeAndre McDaniel scouting report

DeAndre McDaniel S Clemson
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 207

Experienced player who saw significant time on the field in each of his four years at Clemson. Elite ball skills (15 career interceptions). Does a great job reacting to the ball in the air; plays the ball rather than the receiver. A tough player who is willing to line up closer to the line of scrimmage and play the run.
Doesn’t look fluid in man coverage. Better at reacting the ball once it’s thrown than reading the play as it develops. Some character concerns; arrested in 2008 on aggravated assault charges.
McDaniel had a rough childhood and his lack of maturity showed early in his career. However, coaches have nothing but great things to say about his development on and off the field. He was named team captain as a senior, a sign of his maturity and the respect he gained from teammates and coaches. While his high interceptions numbers may indicate otherwise, he’s probably better suited to play strong safety at the next level. He lacks the elite athleticism and coverage ability that most teams are looking for at free safety, but has the ability to help in run support that could make him a starter at strong safety.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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