With the 11th pick in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft (232nd overall), Washington drafted Boston College linebacker Steven Daniels.
Daniels has come a long way since first arriving at the Heights both physically and mentally. The linebacker worked hard to put himself into shape and became a team leader as he played his way through the program.
The senior linebacker had a great final season which saw him get selected as a Second Team All-ACC selection. Daniels led BC in tackles (82) and was second in the team in tackles-for-loss (16) and sacks (6).
Pro Football Focus labeled Daniels as "one of the most underrated prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft" and listed his NFL Player comparison as Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. Daniels is projected to be a two-down linebacker in the NFL as a run stopping specialist. The PFF scouting report of Daniels read:
Despite being the anchor of a stout defense at Boston College, Daniels is one of the most underrated prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was not only the best linebacker in the ACC, but he also received the highest grade among all college linebackers, which is largely due to his work in defending the run. His run stop percentage of 15.3% led all Power-5 inside linebackers and 50 of his 56 tackles in the running game were stops, which is a very impressive number. Although, he improved in pass coverage in the 2015 season and allowed only one touchdown in coverage; it is still to be seen whether he can be a three-down linebacker in the NFL, which will probably impact his draft position.
We wish Daniels well and will wait for more Eagles to join him as part of the 2016 NFL Draft class!