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Daniel McCullers | Defensive Tackle

Team: Tennessee Volunteers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/11/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 377

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Steelers selected Tennessee NT Daniel McCullers with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
McCullers (6-foot-6 7/8, 352) played nose tackle for the Vols, starting for two seasons after a JUCO transfer. He tallied ten tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two blocked kicks. A onetime 400-pounder, McCullers is a massive human with fire hose-like 36 5/8-inch arms and 11-inch hands, but was easily beaten with leverage at times in the SEC, and likely won't succeed on the interior in the pros. He projects best as a two-down, run-stopping five technique who will never contribute as a pass rusher and might have to fight to make the roster. Sat, May 10, 2014 05:28:00 PM

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"Don't be surprised" if Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers slots into the second round, warns's Charles Davis.

"It's hard to believe a guy of McCullers' dimensions -- a mammoth at 6-foot-7, 352 pounds -- blends into the woodwork, but he's barely making a blip on the radar screen in most draft talk," Davis wrote. "He's being projected as a third-round pick, but don't be surprised if he goes in the second round. I think a coach will look at McCullers and find his potential hard to pass on. On tape, you'll see him make plays that will take your breath away. There's just no consistency. If someone finds a way to mold him into an every-down disruptor, look out. Teams that need a 3-4 nose tackle will be taking a hard look at him." McCullers' technique needs a ton of work, which is why we're not on board with Davis here. If you think your coach can correct poor posture, bad balance, and a propensity to let OLs get under his pads and push a man of his size backwards, be our guests and swing for the fences. But that's more about a belief in a teacher than in a player.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 08:04:00 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock ranks Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers as the fifth best prospect at the position.

McCullers obviously has rare size, measuring in at 6'7/352 lbs at the Combine, but he tends to play with poor posture and bad balance, which leads to getting blown off the ball. There are flashes of special traits, albeit tremendous inconsistencies. We prefer prospects like Caraun Reid and Zach Kerr, and would not be surprised to see McCullers land in the later portions of day three.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:56:00 AM

Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

McCullers only spent two seasons with the Volunteers and has played in two different schemes during that time. He is a massive nose tackle type that struggles with leverage, but McCullers flashes some unique movement skills for someone of his stature.
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Tennessee senior DT Daniel McCullers tipped the scales at 352 pounds when he reported into fall camp.

McCullers was listed at around 377 pounds last season and has a goal of dropping another 10 prior to kickoff. "The lost weight has done more than boost McCullers’ confidence," beat writer Evan Woodberry writes. "It’s made him more nimble and mobile on the field." McCullers is Tennessee's top prospect and could be a top 40 selection.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Tennessee senior DT Daniel McCullers is "a big man with big upside," according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

McCullers reportedly measured in at 6'6/353 pounds this spring while possessing "decent foot quickness and hand speed." He has only spent on year with the Vols after transferring from the JUCO ranks, but if McCullers so a stout anchor and tests well in movement drills he could be highly valued next April.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 09:43:00 AM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks tweeted that NFL teams do not view NTs as "hot commodities."

"Teams believe they can find those guys at any point in the draft," Brooks added. "DTs at top must rush (the) passer." He went on to cite Ndamukong Suh's production in college and noted "that's what elite DTs must be able to do to go at the top of the draft."
Tue, May 7, 2013 12:54:00 PM

Tennessee junior NT Daniel McCullers will return to school for his senior season.

McCullers is the monstrous nose tackle for the Vols and has only spent one full season at the FBS level. His improvement week to weeks was obvious, and although it is tough to play with a low pad level, McCullers started to hold the anchor more consistently.
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Tennessee defensive line coach John Palermo admitted that he has to rile up massive junior NT Daniel McCullers every week prior to kickoff.

"It's almost like you want to put him in a boxing ring and let someone take a few jabs at him before the game starts," Palermo said. "He's just a happy-go-lucky guy." McCullers played 40 snaps against Georgia last week, which is quite the load for such a gigantic frame. At times he flashes dominance, but the JUCO transfer needs to always bring it on first contact.
Fri, Oct 12, 2012 11:18:00 AM

Tennessee junior college transfer Daniel McCullers is now the team's starting NT in the Vols new 3-4 defense.

McCullers is an absolute behemoth at 6'6/377 pounds and has already climbed the depth chart. After the team's first scrimmage, coaches moved him inside in place of junior Maurice Couch, who remained in the starting lineup at defensive end. Another junior college transfer, Darrington Sentimore, currently holds down the other end position. Head coach Derek Dooley indicated that the new starting lineup may not be permanent, but it will be entertaining to watch McCullers, an offseason favorite because of his motor, command the attention of interior offensive linemen.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 09:15:00 AM

Junior college transfer Daniel McCullers has impressed teammates in Tennessee's new 3-4 defense.

McCullers, who checks in at a monstrous 6'6/377 pounds, has specifically earned praise for his motor, which is tough to find in such a large man. "He's not a big, lazy guy. He gives effort. That big guy can move," said junior defensive end Marlon Walls. McCullers is not the only one adjusting to new circumstances, as the rest of the defense continues to learn defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri's 3-4 defense, who was brought in from Alabama this offseason.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 09:56:00 AM