IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa running back LeShun Daniels wasn’t invited to last month’s NFL combine, and he didn’t hear his name called at the 2017 NFL Draft. But his combination of size, strength and speed still made him appealing to NFL clubs.
Daniels (5-foot-11, 222 pounds) agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
All I need is one shot and I'm thankful the @Patriots are giving me that opportunity ??
— LeShun Daniels Jr. (@LeShunDanielsJr) April 30, 2017
Last season Daniels rushed for 1,058 yards to become the 46th player in Iowa history with more than 1,000 career yards. He’s 16th in career rushing yards (1,895) and 19 touchdowns. Six times Daniels ran for more than 100 yards in a game.
After a 158-yard, 2-touchdown performance against Illinois last November, Daniels was named Big Ten co-offensive player of the week. Daniels, a physical runner, was named a permanent team captain after the season.
CBSSports.com ranked Daniels as the 42nd-best running back available, while ESPN Scouts Inc. rated him 33rd. Ourlads Scouting Services listed Daniels as a priority free agent. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper ranked Daniels 29th.
At his pro day, Daniels produced a 36-inch vertical jump, which would have tied for sixth at the NFL combine. His 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds would have tied for ninth.