Early in the draft process, many experts and fans pegged Notre Dame nose tackle Lois Nix as a potential target for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Nix was on the board throughout day one and day two, the team waited to grab a two-down nose. Instead, they waited until the sixth round to grab Tennessee nose tackle Daniel McCullers.
Athletically, he lacks lateral agility and has extremely limited range sideline-to-sideline. That lack of agility coupled with uneven anticipation also impacts his value as a pass-rusher, which is already a challenge at his size. There are some minor durability concerns that will have to be monitored throughout the offseason as his weight fluctuates leading to a history of nagging muscle strains.
If motivated and in shape, McCullers has the ability to dominate in short bursts as a run game specialist. With the Steelers using their base defense only 30 percent of the time, he could find a niche as a rotational run stuffer.
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