For the last month the two best Centers in the draft have held a good battle for who goes first and where. Since mock drafts started every board has been placing James Daniels and Billy Price in the second round. Now that things have changed with Price’s injury at the combine, it looks like James Daniels is the front-runner. Now the boards also suggest that both Daniels and Price will be there around 21.
James Daniels is 6’3″ and weights 296 pounds. He has a perfect arm reach of 34″. He saw action as a Freshman at Iowa and also started two games at Left Guard. In 2016 he was moved to Center where he started 11 games and had third team All Big Ten honors. Last year he played every game at Center and was all conference and decided to Pro.
This Video on James Daniels draft profile sums everything up.
The best thing about Daniels is his ability to lock on to one man dominate him and move to the next level of the field. He will always be on a man till he defeats him. His snap to step is quick and moves quickly. His initial contact is well-balanced and timed. He takes sharp angles and finishes every play. He also works great with pulling Guards. This is a package we would never see with Bodine.
I think the mean streak in Daniels makes him more dangerous Center than Price. Just to give you a glimpse, James Daniels dominated the Ohio State defensive line which was a top ten defense all year-long.