Daquan is an underrated defensive lineman in this draft. He has the quickness
off the snap to play multiple positions in any defensive front. He has natural
strength that seems to get stronger the longer he plays and has the mental and
physical stamina that allows him be productive, without using rotation to get
the most out of him. Along with his quickness he comes off the ball on every
down at the correct pad level to change the line of scrimmage to his advantage.
Daquan has the ability to play in a 2-gap defense, take on double teams and
still shed blockers to make a tackle in the hole. He might not be a sack
machine, but he can be a disrupter who gets into the backfield. Daquan is very
underrated and he will become an impact defensive lineman for the team that
drafts him -- the kind of defensive lineman that will do his job while others
around him make the plays.
Daquan is not a sack machine because he lacks the change of direction agility
and true foot speed to finish once he gets into the backfield. He doesn’t lack
for effort, quickness or strength and, when used as a defensive end in a 3-4
defense, he is much better at tracking down and making plays in the backfield.
Because Daquan lacks change of direction skills it is hard for him to be used in
stunts, but give him a straight line and he can make a play.
Daquan can play on the nose, straight up or on the outside in a 3-4 defense. He
can also play defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense, but because Daquan has such
good strength and quickness as well as mature hand techniques, you want to give
Daquan a little bit of space to work and have him go up against double teams on
the outside rather than doubles on the inside. If he plays in a 3-4 defense as a
Defensive End, Daquan can get into the backfield quickly and put pressure on the
offensive scheme. He won’t have to worry about what direction the QB will go in,
he can pressure and force the Quarterback to the sidelines or up the field into
a teammate or make a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Daquan has to be
accounted for in a 3-4 defense, but in a 4-3 defense, the inside guards and
center can neutralize his quickness. On the outside, if he goes up against a
right tackle and tight end, his strength and quickness will be magnified and
will become a disruptive and impacting player against the run and the pass. Most
teams will downgrade Daquan because of his lack of pure athletic talent but it’s
“how” Daquan plays the game that is so appealing to me. He stuffs the run and if
he can’t get to the quarterback, his hands go up to knock the ball down. He may
not be a double digit sack guy, but he will be a disruptive force on every down,
a core player and a fan favorite.