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Packers stick to defense, pick Iowa DL

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on April 28, 2012 – 12:53 pm

The focus on defense continued into the third day of the draft for the Packers on Saturday, as they made Iowa defensive lineman Mike Daniels their first pick of the day, in what was to be the first of consecutive picks in the fourth round for the Packers.

At 6-0, 291, Daniels is undersized, but he made opened eyes with a strong Insight Bowl performance against Oklahoma. He had two sacks and three tackles for loss in that game.

Daniels was selected with the 132nd overall pick.

Daniels led the Hawkeyes in sacks and tackles for loss each of the last two seasons. He had 24 1/2 tackles for loss and 13 sacks combined in 2010 and 2011. He started 21 games over those two seasons, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from multiple publications last year.

A native of New Jersey, Daniels was a running back and defensive lineman in high school.


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20 Responses to “Packers stick to defense, pick Iowa DL”

  1. By Displaced Packer Fan on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    As I mentioned in another comment I do think he was probably the best talent left in the draft at this point and he could provide immediate help if we do some 4-3-4 alignments. Potential rotational value on obvious passing downs as well.

    He was a good pick I think. He has some concerns but it’s the end of the 4th round, everyone will have concerns. His concern is that he is smaller and likely not an every down player, that’s not bad for a late 4th rounder.

  2. By Harry on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    This guy a stud..Not very big but,this guy will be a stud rushing the pass..

  3. By Kirk on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Daniels probably can play DT or DE..

    We finally have some depth on the Front Seven !!

  4. By Jay on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    John Randle was undersized!

  5. By DMS on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Packersworld, you commentary has gone from an F to an F-. Get some new material.

  6. By Harry on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    @Jay
    Great Point Jay..hope is motor runs like Randle did?

  7. By Brian on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I second the comment that John Randle was undersized!

  8. By Dano on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    love the pick! he’s not a big guy, but he won’t be called upon to be a stout space-eater like most 3-4 D-ends have to. he’s a piece that Dom Capers will be able to have fun with, based on his speed, quickness, and athletic ability.

  9. By Jason Witt on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I thought the Pack had a love affair with Polk (RB) Washington. He was sitting right their. WTF

  10. By Craig halverson on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    should have taken chris polk out of washington

  11. By Eric on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I agree. Daniels could be a stud. Has a high motor and good quickness. He will help in the pass rush. Solid pick.

  12. By Sawmillman on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Trust the TED

  13. By Jeff on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    @PackersWorld………..OK genius….You don’t like who TT is drafting? Then please…have the courage to post who YOU would have drafted.

    Give the REAL Packer fans a chance to see your football IQ………you have already shown us your vocabulary skills.

  14. By Jason Witt on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    COOL YOUR JETS JEFF, everyone is entitled to their own opinion that is why draft day is so fun. (Justin Harrell)

  15. By RJORG on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I read these comments and have to just laugh at some of them. The people in the Packers draft room are the professionals and there is probably not a group that could do better. There are teams that I always know will find the talent that is out there, and there is a lot to sort through. TT has had so much success I don’t know why anyone in our position, as fans, would doubt what they have decided. The Steelers and Packers have built their teams on great drafting and developing. I have just learned to watch and enjoy as they do their thing. I anticipate a great leap forward in our D with what they are adding up front. Matthews must be drooling. Go Packers!!!

  16. By steve on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Justin Harrell was a stud just needed a chance to develop.

  17. By Alex on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    I palyedi n highschool with the guy I mean he will come out on top and his brother will be in the draft soon

  18. By jdripper on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure at all about this draft. Jared Crick the 6’4″ 280 DE from Nebraska was rated much higher then any of our picks at 83.7 yet we passed on him. Crick had a torn pectoral muscle and missed his senior season, but until his injury (the only injury he had in college) he was an All American. Mike Daniels has a 49.7 rating. Jerel Worthy has too long a history of being nonchalant and taking off plays and if you look at his highlight films there are long gaps between his flashes of being an NFL stud. Nick Perry said he did not want to stand up he wanted to go somewhere he could put his hand down. Devon Still at 6′ 5″ and 303 was rated higher at 85.9 then Worthy. It seems more then odd that TT who was worried about Jenkins getting his money and then tanking while playing picked weaker players that have more then just a history of taking the money and relaxing.

  19. By packerhawk on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Why didn`t the great tt draft upshaw or hightower when they were right there for the pack to pick one of them?

  20. By teeleroy on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve had the pleasure of watching him the last few years. Daniels has a little James Harrison in him, you will see pack nation…..he won’t disappoint

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