Scouting Report: DL Tony McDaniel

To get the lowdown on defensive lineman Tony McDaniel, who reportedly has been acquired by the Dolphins in a trade with Jacksonville on Thursday, we checked in with Editor-in-Chief Charlie Bernstein. He gave us a complete scouting report on McDaniel, a former University of Tennessee standout who played three seasons with Jacksonville after entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

Here's what Bernstein had to say about McDaniel:

"Tony McDaniel came to the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2006, and impressed the coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. McDaniel played well as a rookie, before suffering a knee injury that caused him to miss the final six games of the season. McDaniel entered the '07 season with high hopes and then broke his wrist, which caused him to be absent for the final nine games of the year.

"The Jaguars, despite the injuries, thought so much of McDaniel that they gave him a contract extension prior to last season and jettisoned former Pro Bowler Marcus Stroud. After looking like a beast in camp, McDaniel underwhelmed like the rest of the Jags defense and missed the final few weeks with a toe injury.

"McDaniel can be dominant at times, and a team source told me prior to last year that he was playing at a higher level than John Henderson. At 6-7, 310 pounds, he will likely play defensive end in Miami's 3-4, as he holds his own against the run and although he's not a huge sack guy, he can pressure the passer.

"To give up just a seventh-round pick for a guy with McDaniel's potential would represent another excellent move by Bill Parcells.

"Although there were certain character concerns that dropped him in the draft back in 2006, he's been a solid citizen since coming to Jacksonville, on a team with some questionable characters."

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