4 reasons to like Daniel McCullers
Posted May 10, 2014
By Mike Prisuta
For fans who love size, sixth-round pick Daniel McCullers is the guy for you
Why you should be excited about Daniel McCullers:
* He’s a two-down run-stuffer who, at 6-foot-7 and 352 pounds, is very difficult to move when he plays with leverage.
* Defensive line coach John Mitchell sees McCullers as providing for the Steelers “some flexibility,” due to a perceived ability to “play outside (at defensive end) or inside (at nose tackle).” Mitchell said the plan is to have McCullers work inside initially.
* He blocked two kicks in 22 games at Tennessee.
* He registered 33 tackles (21 solo), a half sack and 4.5 tackles for loss while playing defensive tackle in 2013.
This is a low risk, high reward pick. Maybe, as mentioned earlier in the thread, he doesn't have a lot of heart and he won't cut it. Big deal. Guys in the 6th get cut all the time and no one considers it an issue. Not every player is going to make the roster. But maybe he's pi$$ed about falling so far and the Steelers just inherited a mountain of a man who suddenly has a giant chip on his shoulder to prove everyone wrong. And he wants to crush teams. We can only hope for the second scenario.
Really nothing not to like about McCullers. If they improve his technique, he could be a beast for us...even if we go to the 4-3
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Steelers NT Daniel McCullers having 'run to the ball' beaten into his head
By Neal Coolong on May 16 2014
After a day of the Steelers' rookie minicamp, nose tackle Daniel McCullers has been receiving a message, and expects to continue receiving it - Run to the ball.
Daniel McCullers may weigh 355 pounds but he's not above the Steelers' Run-and-Hit defense.
He has to run to the ball, like everyone else.
"Show that I can run to the ball, that I do have speed and that I will use it," McCullers said, as quoted by Tribune-Review reporter Mark Kaboly. "Run to the ball. That's what they've wanted me to do from the moment they brought me here."
Every defensive coach in the country yells at his players to run to the ball. That's how turnovers happen. That's how fumbles are recovered. That's how a team in a Sahara-like drought in terms of takeaways will bust out.
McCullers can contribute to that in short spaces. Kaboly noted the sixth-round draft pick moved well in the Steelers' rookie practice Friday. He's still a long shot to make the roster, but considering he moves well for his size, he'll catch the attention of other teams should the Steelers choose to cut him.
That, and his level of effort in running to the ball, may be enough to get him to stick.
"Level" is a word you'll hear associated with The Tennessee Shade Tree often throughout training camp. Level, as in, "pad level." He plays too high and doesn't utilize his strength to his fullest. It's a common issue with younger players, and it's also a critical component to the success of any defensive lineman.
Running to the ball will help, too.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Daniel McCullers grew up fat, shy and a popular target for bullies. Now a "slimmed down" 360 pounds, the biggest man taken in the 2014 draft is trying to prove he has the passion to match his mammoth size.
Nice article on the big guy:
John Mitchell Boot Camp: Daniel McCullers could be steal if he stays high on confidence, low on technique
By Neal Coolong on Jun 19 2014
The Tennessee Shade Tree has lots of technical issues he may end up having to work out on the practice squad, but it's clear why the Steelers drafted him in the sixth round.
The Steelers selected Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel McCullers in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The question is, was he taken too high or too low?
His technique is too high, but his expectations are low enough he could impress in training camp. His size clearly gives him an advantage but his Pterodactyl-like wingspan makes him an intriguing utility lineman.
In the clips we break down, we see McCullers stay too high but display a good sense of awareness of what offenses were doing, and enough quickness to be able to make something of a play. Granted, these are more cherry-picked plays, but in them it's clear why many thought McCullers could go as high as the fifth round.
They also show why he didn't go earlier than the sixth.
Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell has his work cut out in McCullers, and while odds would favor the Tennessee Shade Tree spending a year on the practice squad, many outstanding Steelers defensive lineman begin as late draft picks or practice squad players. He's one of the key players to watch in training camp, beginning July 25 in Latrobe.
I don't believe in the phrase "taking a player too high" when it comes to the 6th round. The last two rounds are when you generally take those risk/reward challenges with players.
Quality teams try to put themselves in a position to be able to do this, I feel.
If it takes a year or two for him to be able to contribute, so be it. That is still a win for the Steelers.