IE Breakdown: DaVaris Daniels

After watching several highlight videos, we issue an overall breakdown on his skill set, as well as a star ranking for each category.


HT – WT – SPEED: Has the height you look for at the wide receiver position but lacks the weight you would like to see as some reports have him as low as 165-pounds and as high as 175-pounds. Some question his speed but feel that is not a real issue. Work in Paul Longo's strength program will get him to where he needs to be.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: Very fluid in his movement and the fact we were able to watch film of him as a receiver, defensive back, quarterback, and running back, made it easy to see his has above average balance and agility and great quickness off the line of scrimmage.

STRENGTH: Has good recoil ability but needs to put some work in the strength department. Some of this is just the fact he is still a growing kid who will add as he progresses in college.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: Natural bender who has no problem adjusting his body from a football positioning standpoint.

PRODUCTION: As I have stated in other breakdowns, this is not about statistics but how a players production is achieved. DaVaris produces more from his natural ability than of those of his teammates. This is the reason he was used in so many different areas during his high school career.


During his high school career, DaVaris Daniels did whatever was asked of him by his coaches. Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive back, or return man, Daniels did it all and did it at a high level.

Daniels has a great initial step off the line of scrimmage to elude defenders and beat press coverage. However, he will need to get stronger when he does get tangled up. Is solid on his second step and shows the ability to beat defenders, make a move, and release downfield into his rout.

Solid, not great running patterns and cuts and will get better with some coaching. Like the ability shown on all routes (short-medium-deep) and the ability to maneuver his body and extend for the ball. Hands are above average as he shows solid concentration and the ability to snatch the ball.

Is solid in his ability to run after the catch and has above average field awareness.

One thing almost all high school receivers will need to work on is blocking. As with most film of high school prospects, it has them catching the ball and very little if any blocking. Having watched Brian Kelly offensive practices over the years this will not be a problem in the future.


Great pick up by Brian Kelly and the Irish staff as Daniels has the tools they love to work with on offense. The other area not talked about is Daniels could also flip to defense if he would ever be needed to. While we do not expect this to happen, it is always good to have a player so versatile and shows the overall athletic ability of the player.

Brian Kelly has always shown high interest in players who come from families where a father has played at the college and pro levels. Daniels adds to the ever-growing list. Top Stories