"It's actually amusing. My sophomore year in high school, I'm from Warren, Ohio, he was a senior at Mentor High School. He just plays with natural leverage and natural pad level that really helps him, too, and helps with our projection when we're looking at him going to guard". He was named First Team All-C-USA, ran a 4.6 40-yard dash at the Combine and joins Roquan Smith as the second linebacker to be selected by the Bears.
With the Bears adding seven players in the draft and expected to sign several undrafted free agents, the circles on the white floor-to-ceiling dry-erase board in Nagy's office is being filled with names.
"I know we were aggressive", Pace said Saturday night after the draft concluded.
"It's done a lot for me as a football player". It was just incredible.
"He's got good route savvy, good route quickness", Pace said.
The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels - who turns 21 in September - played three seasons at Iowa and was honorable-mention, all-Big Ten previous year. Daniels underwent surgery to fix a partially torn meniscus following the 2015 season.More news: Ford to phase out sedans in North America
While a Hawkeye, Daniels was named third-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and All-Big Ten honorable mention as a junior this past season.
Daniels was the first true freshman to start on Iowa's offensive line since Bryan Bulaga. But the Monsters of the Midway made some big moves created to get the most out of their prized quarterback and lift a struggling franchise.
Nagy is thrilled with the additions in free agency and the draft and knows that it's now the coaching staff's responsibility to take the baton from the personnel department. It's a business decision. I don't think they've seen that yet. As long as Daniels can handle the adjustment of sliding over one spot left, he will likely start. He isn't much younger than Trubisky, the team's franchise quarterback.
"He just tore us apart", Daniels said. He's very quick off the ball. And he's a really intelligent guy. But I don't feel like we're ever there. "[But] it's our job now as coaches to take the handoff and develop these guys and teach them how to play the game within our system and within this building and how we're going to do things". He has the ability to kinda recover and maintain his balance.
Daniels is the third member of his family to make it to the NFL. Only time will tell if it truly pans out, but Chicago addressed needs, made upgrades at key positions and got tremendous value with most of their picks.