Green Bay Packers 2012 Draft: Grading the Selection of Mike Daniels

Matt SmithContributor IIIApril 28, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 30:  Runningback Roy Finch #22 of the Oklahoma Sooners rushes the football against defensive lineman Mike Daniels #93 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on December 30, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sooners defeated the Hawkeyes 31-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The first two days of the draft were rather surprising for the Green Bay Packers.

It's not Ted Thompson's M.O. to trade up in drafts, yet he's already done it twice with the selections of Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy and CB Casey Hayward.

However, the Packers couldn't trade either of their compensatory selections and were stuck with the 132nd pick in the fourth round, their first compensatory pick.

With that pick, they selected Iowa DT Mike Daniels.

Daniels is a 6'0", 291 pound defensive lineman who will have to switch to defensive end in Green Bay's 3-4 defense.

Probably Daniels' biggest asset here is his explosiveness off the snap. He has a nice initial burst and is also an athletic player and hard worker.

However, he struggled somewhat against the run in college because he was an undersized defensive tackle. He's not overly strong either.

Daniels has some health concerns as he played through an ankle injury he suffered early in the 2011 season and was held out of Iowa's Pro Day with a bad shoulder.

At this point, he's nothing more than a rotational player and pass-rushing project. Though only a fourth-round selection, the early focus on defense might spell the end for DE Mike Neal.

It's a complete shock that the Packers decided to go with a fourth straight defensive player and then select another defensive player with their other compensatory pick.

There are better players available here, and I would've rather seen Green Bay go with Washington RB Chris Polk or safeties George Iloka or Markelle Martin from Boise State and Oklahoma State respectively.

Because these players are still on the board, it lowers the grade of this selection.

Grade: B-