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Pittsburgh Steelers Select Tennessee Nose Tackle Daniel McCullers in the Sixth Round of the NFL Draft

May 10th, 2014 at 5:54 PM
By Mark Mihalko

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.

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 McCullers is a large man. In fact, large may be too small of a descriptor, with mammoth possibly more fitting. At 6-7, 357-pounds, McCullers is clearly a two-down run stuffer that has shown to be a double-team magnet in the middle. Big with natural power, he is long with tremendous wingspan and when fresh, has the ability to dominate in the middle of the defensive line.

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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