A popular series from last draft cycle is returning yet again at Stampede Blue. Last off-season, I interviewed over 40 prospects that could eventually be fits for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2019 NFL Draft. As a result, we were able to find out a lot about two Colts who went on to eventually be drafted by the team in Marvell Tell II and Khari Willis. This year I hope to interview even more prospects so you all can get an inside look at these player’s accomplishments and mindsets going into this next draft.
Our next prospect interview is actually a bit different as I was able to sit down live with Nebraska defensive tackle Darrion Daniels down here in Mobile, Alabama before I left for the week. Daniels is a really impressive player and an even better person. We had a great talk about his Senior Bowl experience, becoming a Captain after transferring to Nebraska, and where he fits in the NFL.
6’3” 323 pounds
Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2019)
Team Captain (2019)
Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (2019)
34 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception
Fit with the Colts:
The Colts already have one big bodied run defender in Grover Stewart but they could use another one on an interior that struggled a bit in 2019. When Al Woods left in free agency prior to this past season, it left a major gap in the defensive line rotation. While Stewart was able to step in as a starter and play very well, adding that depth in the draft should be a focus. Daniels could immediately step in and be an energetic, run defending tackle who gives quality snaps in every game.
Draft Projection: Rounds 4-6
What others are saying about Daniels
I picked up on some intriguing iDL guys I wasn’t super familiar with this week. #Arkansas McTelvin Agim flashed consistently.#Nebraska Darrion Daniels and #UNC Jason Strowbridge also stood out as well.— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 24, 2020
Watching Darrion Daniels (1T from Nebraska) and man, it seems he likes playing football. Really like his motor.— Dalton Miller (@DaltonBMiller) January 16, 2020
He just puts all his momentum into this shoulder. Shown a bit of juice so far, but, yaknow, NIU. pic.twitter.com/mnraCx45Mk
Today’s interview will be a bit unique as I was able to sit down with Darrion in person to talk with him as a prospect for this upcoming draft. The full video will be posted below. Here are a few of his best quotes from the video:
On if coming to the Senior Bowl and if he thinks it was a good choice for him:
“Oh there’s no doubt about it. I think coming down here was the best choice for me and overall I think it was the best decision I could make for me.”
On becoming a Team Captain at Nebraska despite being a late Grad Transfer:
“I think it was fan appreciation day when they announced the Captains and I think it was two days before when they did a team vote and it was just hand written names and I was kind of surprised because there was a lot of leaders at Nebraska and I feel like just me coming in and being me and holding people accountable and pushing myself beyond the standards of the program got a lot of people noticing and they thought I was good enough to be a leader”
On what he brings to a NFL team off the field:
“I feel like I’m just a big teddy bear. I feel like anybody can like me and I’m a very likeable person. I’m a part of a fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, and we are very big in community service and if I’m fortunate enough to be drafted by the Colts— or whichever team drafts him— I would do anything I can off the field to give back and do anything charitable off the field.”