Iowa defensive tackle Mike Daniels will continue his football career as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
Daniels, who stands 6-foot and weighs 291 pounds, was picked in the fourth round — 132nd overall — Saturday afternoon. He joins a team that finished 15-1 last year in the regular season but was dead last in total defense last year, allowing 411 yards a game.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. called Daniels “under the radar.”
“Low center of gravity, strong, gets off blocks, locates the football, understands leverage,” Kiper said. “I think these Iowa kids are very well-coached in the trenches. … Very difficult to block in the interior.
“All he did during his career at Iowa, particularly in the latter stages of his career, his junior year 40 tackles, his senior year 67 tackles. So the improvement was significant. He was well-coached, fundamentally and technically. I think when you get a kid coming out of that Kirk Ferentz Iowa Hawkeye program, an offensive lineman or a defensive lineman, you get a chance to get some rookie production out of that player.”
Daniels started 21 games his final two years at Iowa and led the Hawkeyes in sacks both seasons. He was named second-team all-Big Ten by the coaches following the 2011 season. His nine sacks last year was good enough to finish third in the Big Ten.
After fighting through ankle injuries as a senior, Daniels recovered to become a force by the end of the 2011 season. He led team in tackles for loss (13.5-63) and QB sacks (9-53). In 2010 Daniels had 11 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Daniels produced one of the most dominant defensive games in Iowa history in a late-season 31-21 win at Purdue. Daniels recorded five tackles for loss, including three QB sacks, and a career-high nine tackles.
He had three tackles for loss, including two sacks, in Iowa’s Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma.
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