6'1, 215 pounds | Strong Safety| Clemson
Agility: DeAndre's athleticism is one of his best traits. His ability to maintain steady balance throughout, something that isn't easy to do for such a big, fast man. He can go up and get the ball with anybody, due to his strength and ability to leap.
Ball Skills: Another definite strength would be McDaniel's ability to make a play on the ball. He had 15 interceptions while at Clemson, including 12 the past 2 years. He has confidence in his hands to make the tough catch, even in traffic. Wants to come down with the ball every time.
Instincts: Amazing instincts on the football field. He knows a play is happening before anybody else and can recognize the routes going on around him. This has to do with him living in the film room. During his time at Clemson, he has really figured out how to "break down" film and know what he's looking for. There is no need for luck when you know what's coming.
Pass Coverage: He is not a sideline to sideline Safety prospect. He does give you a strong leader in the secondary that can see the field and communicate which plays/coverages are coming. As mentioned above, his instincts come into play heavily in coverage. It's true he is somewhat slower than others at the position, but his ability to click and close after recognizing the play helps tremendously.
Run Support: He is a beast when it comes to stopping the run. Will probably make a living inside the box at the next level for some team. Has a good ability to get off blocks and make a play. Has the size and ability to make a big hit.
Speed: Won't wow you with his speed, but has enough to make a play. Relies on his instincts to make up for his shortcomings in this area. More quick than fast, in my opinion.
Tackling: Is a solid tackler. Makes a hit on the ball carrier and wraps up. Won't be shook too many times due to his balance and ability to break down before contact. Has minor issues with over pursuit in the run game from time to time, but for the most part takes correct angles to the ball carrier.
Final Word: I understand he has had an off the field issue, but that was three years ago. He has been a model citizen ever since. He is a true leader on and off the field who has learned from his previous mistakes. Wants to be the best and is willing to put in the hard work to get there. Ball Hawking safeties who can also stop the run aren't easy to come by. For that reason I think DeAndre McDaniel is the first SS prospect off the board in the early to mid 2nd round.