Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
6-7, 352, 5.3e
Strengths: size, strength, long arms, power
Weaknesses: size, athleticism, pass rush, raw
Daniel McCullers played the last two years at Tennessee after transferring from Georgia Military Academy. At defensive tackle for the Volunteers, he tallied 10 career tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. McCullers jumps off film due simply to being a massive human being. He weighed in at 6 foot 7, 352 pounds at the combine while also possessing absurdly long 36 5/8-inch arms and 11-inch hands.
Along with McCullers’ rare size comes power. He shows the ability to hold the point of attack and get some push into opposing backfields. McCullers fits best as a zero technique, two-gap defensive tackle. His athleticism overall is not a strength as you would guess from a man that big. I would estimate his 40 time in the 5.3s and he jumped only 20.5 inches at the combine. McCullers lacks explosion off the line and doesn’t have the lateral agility to run down ball-carriers or counter offensive linemen. His size can sometimes be a detriment when he’s not able sink his hips and play with leverage. Some teams might even consider him too big.
McCullers will earn his NFL paychecks as a run stuffing nose tackle. He hasn’t shown the ability to contribute as a pass rusher with only 1.5 career sacks and there’s not much potential for more than a two-down player. Overall, he looks like a day three prospect who might go higher if a team falls in love with his size and potential to push the pocket.
Does he fit in San Francisco?
With eleven picks, the 49ers can really draft any position. McCullers would be a perfect rotational compliment to the smaller, quicker Glenn Dorsey. McCullers could even play some DE (think Red Bryant) and potentially grow into the starting role as a king-sized run stuffing DT. As of now, though, the 49ers have enough bodies at the position. So he would probably have to fall enough to be considered a value.