Danielle has surprising strength, along with the size and overall athletic
ability to become an excellent defensive end for a 4-3 defense. He has the
length to rush the passer and does a good job against the double teams used
against him to run the ball to his side. He is quick to react to sweeps and
screen to his side, either by making the tackle or by stringing the play out and
holding the line of scrimmage for others to make a play. He has the body type
that lends itself to thinking he could play as a stand up DE/OLB in a 3-4
defense and, if his workout numbers suggest this is true, his value will
increase. Danielle has all the tools, size, length and athletic ability to
become a standout player for the team that selects him. He just has to realize
that potential is not anything more than just thatÖpotential.
Itís surprising to watch Danielle play on tape. One play he uses excellent
techniques and makes a play and then, on the very next play, he is using such
poor techniques you wonder if he ever played the game before. He is always the
last player off the line against the run or pass, which is concerning. When he
uses an inside rush, he drives his outside shoulder into his man instead of
using his hands and techniques and itís only because of his natural strength
that he doesnít get washed out. However, when he uses this shoulder technique,
he never makes a play. At one point for about three plays in a row, I thought he
might be related to Venus de Milo because he looked like he had no arms at all.
It was disturbing. Then, all of a sudden, he uses excellent techniques and
strings out a sweep when he is being double teamed holding the line of scrimmage
down the line and finally shedding and making a tackle. Very perplexing indeed.
There doesnít seem to be a lack of effort in Danielleís play, but there is a
lack of consistency to say the least. Why he plays the way he plays is a mystery
to me. He looks on film to have the body type and strength that would make him
easy to handle when an offensive lineman would want to run block against him,
but once the ball is snapped you realize right away that isnít the case at all.
He has natural strength in both his lower and upper body so being able to play
against the run is not a problem. When he uses some pass rushing techniques, he
does have slow hands and needs to use his hands quicker, but that is not a real
problem. The real problem is sometimes he just dives on the ground at the feet
of his opponent as if he was the offensive lineman going to make a cut block.
Itís just weird. Then at other times he drops his head, takes his outside
shoulder and drives it into his opponent, getting washed down the line allowing
running backs to run right by him or through his gap. It makes no sense. There
is talent and size and length and stoutness against the run, but there is so
much inconsistency that selecting him in the round his pure talent suggests is
taking a big chance. Truthfully Iím just not sure what makes this kid tick.
Nevertheless the talent is intriguing and drafting him and developing him to
reach that talent could be very rewarding.