5. Mike Daniels (Freddie’s pick)
From one mid-round gem to another with Mike Daniels, selected with a compensatory pick in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Daniels was considered to be too small to make a major impact at the position, yet he uses his size as an advantage to get underneath blockers’ pads and dominate.
In 2015, Daniels made the jump from a very good player on the Packers’ defensive line to a star and was graded ninth of 123 graded interior defenders by Pro Football Focus. His grade of 90.4 fits into their ‘Elite’ category, although much like T.J. Lang, Daniels wasn’t selected for the Pro Bowl. It’s only a matter of time for the 26-year-old.
What’s also impressive with Daniels is his attitude. After receiving a four-year, $41 million deal in December, Daniels’ intensity didn’t dip at all. He’s a true professional who is completely focused on winning games of football. He has no off-the-field issues and is simply a guy that shows up on the field and delivers each week.
They key moving forward for the Packers is to surround Daniels with more talent, which will in turn make his life that much easier.
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