IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa RB LeShun Daniels Jr. is a fringe NFL draft pick in the eyes of most prognosticators. He could hear his name called near the end of the draft Saturday or he could go undrafted and sign a free-agent rookie contract.
Who is LeShun Daniels Jr.: 5 things to know
He excels running between the tackles
Daniels Jr. is a bruiser. He would rather run over a defender than use a juke move. At 5 feet 11 and 222 pounds, he is a natural to take an inside handoff.
He is faster than most expect
Yes, Daniels Jr. is big, but he brings some wiggle to the running back room, as well. He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash time at Iowa’s pro day — the same time as CB Desmond King.
— IowaFBLive (@IowaFBLive) March 27, 2017
He showed a more diversified skill set in workouts than on his game tape
Iowa handed Daniels Jr. the ball. And that was it. There wasn’t much need to incorporate him into the passing game with fellow running back and jitterbug Akrum Wadley on the roster.
But Daniels Jr. showed he could do more than just carry the ball on a third-and-short situation at the next level at Iowa’s pro day in March. The 40 time was just the start. All of his testing numbers were better than expected.
LeShun Daniels Jr.
5' 10-7/8", 222 lbs
4.50 forty, 1.49 10yd
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) March 27, 2017
Daniels Jr. said NFL scouts him on his receiving skills during the pass caching portion of this pro day. His performance in March certainly helped his chances of getting drafted or landing as a priority free-agent signing.
He topped 1,000 yards rushing his senior season
Daniels Jr. and Wadley formed a lethal 1-2 punch in the Iowa backfield. They split carries, but each eclipsed 1,000 yards on the ground last season. Daniels Jr. rushed for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.
NFL teams like Iowa players
Coach Kirk Ferentz has had 53 players drafted in the NFL since 2003. Iowa is known as offensive line factory, but NFL teams continually pull talent from Iowa at other positions, including running back.