Daniel Sorensen NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Ian Wharton@NFLFilmStudyContributor IApril 9, 2014

BYU's Daniel Sorensen, left, intercepts a pass intended for Houston's Larry McDuffey (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU (HT: 6’1”; WT: 205 lbs)

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  • Prototypical size for an NFL safety allows him to fit any scheme. He uses his length well in coverage and when delivering hits.
  • Solid range in zone coverage because of his acceleration ability. He posted one of the best 20-yard shuttle times at the NFL combine, and it shows on film.
  • Closes quickly in coverage, forcing the receiver to take his eyes off the ball and think about the oncoming hit. Concentration drops happen all the time, even in the NFL, and Sorensen can force even more.
  • Played very well in the role BYU needed him to play, which was a Cover 2 safety that defends the seam routes and outside posts. His ability to “win” within a specific role gives him value to many teams because he can be trusted to perform consistently.
  • Reads plays fairly well at the snap, giving him the ability to crash the line of scrimmage immediately or to retreat into coverage. Wasting movement is what leads to giving up big plays to the offense, and Sorensen is proficient.
  • Overcomes certain physical traits by pursuing the ball-carrier or receiver by taking good angles and using timing when jumping for the ball. He works smarter to be a reliable player.
  • Physical presence in the secondary because he can hit hard, but also form tackle decently as well.
  • Able to play man coverage occasionally because he isn’t overly grabby when he doesn’t locate the ball. He challenges receivers well at the point of contest.
  • Great special teams contributor during his career. Expect to see him on the field often as a rookie because he will endear himself to the coaching staff.


  • Struggles keeping up with receivers over long distances due to his subpar distance speed.
  • Hesitates just enough when recognizing plays that he leaves his zone vulnerable at times. He was able to get away with this more at the collegiate level, but the NFL will demand improvement.
  • Limited to playing one role, which has limited responsibility. For a later-round pick, that is to be expected, but he has limited upside as well due to versatility.
  • Ball skills aren’t great because of his instincts. He will defend more passes than force interceptions, but he isn’t an impact player for defenses.
  • Heavy feet cause him to be juked easily by ball-carriers, and miss open-field tackles. As the athletes get better at the next level, this chasm will widen.
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Personal Notes

  • Phil Steele All-Independent First Team in 2013
  • Served in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission (2009-10)
  • Majoring in business
  • Team captain in 2013
  • Former 3-star recruit as a high school prospect

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Sorensen is a limited athlete for an NFL safety, but he can still be a productive starter and special teams player. He’s a hard worker that is mature on the football field, and his high football IQ reflects this. Expect Sorensen to stick the NFL for many years, possibly becoming a decent starting safety.

Draft Projection:
Fourth round


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