Jermaine McDaniel

Underrated Pass Rusher Jermaine McDaniel Is Set To Make Waves

While the NFL Draft is still months away, it is never too late to look at prospects who can help the team improve. This year, there is talent all over the place, as well as a number of hidden gems who could completely surprise you with their performance on the field. Today, we take a look at defensive end and outside linebacker Jermaine McDaniel of North Carolina A&T.

Prospect Rollout: Who Is Jermaine McDaniel?

McDaniel is a 6-foot-4 defensive end who transferred from Appalachian State and has been playing some of his best football in the MEAC. With 4 1/2 tackles for loss, four sacks, and five quarterback hurries this season, he has put up an impressive defensive stat line. He’s a 240-pound towering prospect with quick speed who is difficult to contain.

Despite playing for a small school, he’s one of the most talented pass rushers in this class, and his game tape shows that he’s very versatile, able to line up either left or right depending on the package. Once the ball is snapped, his goal is to simply get it to the quarterback, and very often he’s successful.

Strengths

When you look at him, he clearly has the ideal size to play defensive end in the league. He has quick feet and a great defensive IQ, which may be why quarterbacks fear the number 93. He’s the definition of a team player who is willing to make plays to help his team win.

With proper development, he may find himself unlocking his true potential. HBCU talents are frequently overlooked, but their talent cannot be overlooked, and this may be the case with McDaniel. Teams eager for a young diamond in the rough should give him a few looks.

Weaknesses

Some of his negatives would be the fact that he hasn’t exactly played much this year, as he’s played in five games in the 2021 season compared to his debut season in 2019, where he was much more dominant.

Another thing to note about his game is that he didn’t play against the best competition, which could influence how scouts perceive him. To prove these people wrong, he would need to have a great pro day and combine. He also has a big frame, but he could benefit from getting stronger to match the strength of a pro-level tackle or guard.

Draft Projection For Jermaine McDaniel?

  • Late Fourth/ Early Fifth Round

Pro Comparison:

  • Ceiling – Marcellus Wiley
  • Floor – Shaun Phillips

Raiders Scouting Report: Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr.

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