Scout's Notebook: OG Brian Daniels

Rookie free agent Brian Daniels hardly ever missed a play for the Colorado Buffaloes during his college career. He's hoping his experience, work ethic and football intelligence will land him a spot on the Vikings' roster. Here's a full scouting report...

#63, Brian Daniels, OG
(6040, 303, 5.03-5.18) Colorado

Notes:  Born October 31, 1984, in Denver, Colo., where he attended J.K. Mullin High School, playing football for coaches Mick McCall and Jay Madden.  One of 17 offensive and/or defensive linemen to make the prestigious 55-man Parade All-America team.  A three-year starter at offensive tackle averaged six pancake blocks per game as a senior, when he did not allow any sacks.  Averaged four pancakes as a junior, also not allowing a sack.  Started two games at tight end as a freshman, when he also played some fullback.  Mullen High was 10-2 his senior year, 10-3 his junior year, 11-2 his sophomore season and 10-3 his freshman year.  Daniels saw action on defense occasionally at tackle, in two games as a senior in short-yardage situations.  A three-time letter-winner in wrestling, he was ranked first as a senior and finished third in the state as a junior (heavyweight, 28-4 record).  Was also the top-ranked power lifter in the state in the prep ranks as a senior and placed second in the state as a junior.  He also lettered in track as a freshman (shot put).  An honor roll student throughout high school, he is also a member of the National Honor Society with a 3.8 GPA.  His cousin, Brad Boyer, played third base at the University of Arizona.  Resides in Evergreen, Colo.

College:  Played in 11 games at guard, starting the last nine games (a school record for freshman offensive lineman at CU) in 2003.  Graded out at 74.6 percent for the year, ranking third among all offensive linemen.  Was third on the team in knockdown blocks (15), tied for the lead in touchdown blocks (5), allowed team lows in both pressures (4) and quarterback sacks (2) and was flagged for just two penalties.  Started all thirteen games at tight-side guard in 2004, grading out the highest of all the offensive linemen, as he posted an 82.3 percent grade for the season and played in 769 snaps overall.  Led the team with 29 knockdown blocks, was called for the fewest penalties (2), allowed the fewest pressures (5), tied for the low in quarterback sacks allowed (0.5), and had the second most touchdown blocks (6).  Started eleven games at strong-side guard, participating in 640 plays, as he led the team's linemen with a grade of 86.8% for blocking consistency in 2005.  Registered a pair of touchdown-resulting blocks, and had 29 knockdowns while not allowing any quarterback sacks.  Missed two games with a fractured rib and bruised kidney.  One of three team captains, he earned the Eddie Crowder Award for his team leadership as selected by his teammates as a senior in 2006.  Started all year at left guard; flagged for only three penalties and allowed just one sack (only three-and-a-half in his career, two of which came his freshman season).  Had six touchdown-resulting blocks and graded 84.1% for blocking consistency while posting 34 knockdowns.  Finalist for the 2006 Vincent dePaul Draddy Award, considered the Academic Heisman, as he was one of 17 football student-athletes to earn an $18,000 National Football Foundation postgraduate scholarship.  Closed out his career with 45 starts in the 47 games he suited up for the Buffaloes.  He played in 714 snaps as a senior and participated in 2,754 plays during his career; added 184 plays on the field goal and PAT unit on special teams, running his overall count to 2,938.  Business/Finance major.  Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors his sophomore through senior years with a 3.6 grade point average.  Member of the Dean's List (ranking in the top 10 percent of CU's prestigious Leeds School of Business) and the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.  Regular visitor to Boulder Community Hospital's Heart Center and Children Hospital's Cancer Center (in Denver).  Daniels was a regular participant in CU's “Read With The Buffs” program at area elementary schools, and also played in charity flag football games.

Pre-Draft workouts:  Measured 6040, 303 pounds, 31-inch arms, 10-inch hands, ran 1.78 (10-yard dash), 2.96 (20-yard dash), 5.03-5.07 (40-yard dash), 4.65 (short shuttle), 7.73 (3-cone drill), 30½-inch vertical jump, 8’-11” broad jump, and did 22 reps at 225 pounds.

Pro:  Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2007 NFL Draft.

Positives:  Good size.  Very intelligent.  Learns quickly and is easy to coach.  Outstanding character.  Works hard.  Flashes some power off the ball and is an efficient in-line run blocker.  Understands blocking angles and is a student of the game.  Productive in pass protection, generally able to hold his ground against bull rushers.  Rarely caught out of position.  Uses his hands well.  Tough, aggressive, hard-working and tenacious blocker who sustains nicely.

Negatives:  Limited athlete who lacks outstanding flexibility and knee bend.  Has shorter arms and allows defenders to get into his body at times.  Isn’t a great open-field athlete or second-level blocker in space.  Does not stand out in any area or dominate at all.  Needs to play inside.

Summary:  Has athletic limitations and nominal upside, but is a coach’s dream who will work hard and do everything you ask of him.  Has a chance as a backup.

What they said: 

“Marginal athlete with good intangibles.” – Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

“Daniels gets by on field savvy, positioning and keeping his hands active. Both are better blockers at the line than on the move.  Daniels needs to bulk up and improve his lower body strength.  He is a waist bender who struggles to make contact on linebackers in the second level.  He has much better balance in pass protection than on pulls and traps.  He might not ever win a starting job, but he has enough intangibles to make the roster as a reserve.” –

“Might not have all the physical tools you look for but you hate to doubt a guy with his type of top-notch intangibles.  Profiles as a backup.” – NFL Draft Countdown

“An undersized blocker with marginal athleticism, Daniels’ mental skills and competitiveness will give him an opportunity to make a practice squad.” – The War Room

Other links:  College Bio | | | NFL Draft Countdown

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