Mike Daniels (American football)

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Mike Daniels
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Daniels in 2014
No. 76 Green Bay Packers
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-05-05) May 5, 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth: Stratford, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school: Blackwood (NJ) Highland
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 132
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total tackles: 158
Sacks: 22.0
Pass deflections: 4
Interceptions: 1
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Wayne Daniels Jr. (born May 5, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes and was drafted in the fourth round (132nd) overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Daniels was born in Stratford, New Jersey to Carlene and Michael Daniels.[3] He attended Highland Regional High School in New Jersey where he played running back and defensive tackle. During his sophomore year, he had 41 tackles and six sacks. In his junior year he had 84 tackles and nine sacks. During his senior year, Daniels had 97 tackles and 12 sacks, which earned him first team all-conference honors. He was also twice named a team captain and rushed for 2,203 yards in his career while scoring 25 touchdowns. Daniels was also a three-year letterman in wrestling and state qualifier in the discus (43.77m or 143’06) and threw the shot put (17.95m or 58’09) at the New Jersey Meet of Champions.[3]

College career[edit]

Daniels was considered a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.[4] His height was listed at six feet one inches and 230 pounds.[4] His 40-yard dash was listed at 4.6 seconds; he bench-pressed a maximum of 300 pounds and squatted 600 pounds.[4] Daniels was not highly recruited out of high school and only received scholarship offers from Iowa and Temple.[4] When he was asked about why no one knew about him coming out of high school, he replied, "honestly, I don't know".[5]

Daniels chose to play football at Iowa and was redshirted during his freshman year.[3] When the redshirt expired the following year, he was not listed on the depth chart after spring practice but still managed to get the first sack of his college career in a game against the Florida International University Golden Panthers, in which he also had two solo tackles and an assisted tackle.[3][6]

During his sophomore year, Daniels played in all 13 games, and had 10 tackles including 1.5 for a loss.[3]

In his junior year with the Hawkeyes, Daniels played in every game and started eight of them. During a game against Ball State, he was awarded a career-best six tackles (four solo), as well as four more tackles for a loss and a sack.[3] His performance earned him Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the week honors.[7] At the end of the season, he earned a spot on the honorable mention All-Big Ten team by the coaches and media.[8]

During the final season of his college career, Daniels was named to the Pony Express Award preseason watch list.[9] Additionally, he was named a third team All-Big 10 by Phil Steele.[10] During the season, he started all 13 games at defensive tackle and led the team in tackles for loss and sacks.[3] He also recorded 32 solo tackles. During the season opener against Tennessee Tech, he recorded one solo tackle and one assist.[3] When the Hawkeyes competed against Nebraska, Daniels matched his career high of nine tackles.[3] His performance in his final year earned him a spot on the second team all-Big Ten team by the coaches and media.[3]

Daniels graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in sociology.

Professional career[edit]

Scouts praised Daniels for being "quick off the ball" and using "his small frame to work between blockers". They also stated that he had good instincts and could understand offensive schemes and beat them. His size was often criticized because he was often beaten by larger blockers.[11]

Daniels was selected in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2012 draft by the Green Bay Packers who first noticed him a year before when looking at other defensive linemen from Iowa.[12] Defensive coordinator Dom Capers commented that "The thing that jumps out at me is the way he plays the game."[12] He scored his first touchdown on December 9, 2012 against the Lions after recovering a fumble by Matthew Stafford. During his rookie season in 2012, Daniels played 14 games with 12 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 2 fumble recoveries. In 2013, Daniels appeared in 16 games making 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks. In 2014, Daniels started all 16 games with 47 tackles and 5.5 sacks. On December 14, 2015, Daniels signed a 4-year contract extension worth $42 million.[13] On December 27, 2015, despite the Packers' bad performance on the offensive line and being blown out 38-8 by the Arizona Cardinals, Daniels snagged his first interception from Carson Palmer. Daniels finished the 2015 season with 49 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 passes defended, and 1 forced fumble.

He was ranked 95th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[14]

On September 23, 2016, Daniels was fined $18,231 for a hit on Sam Bradford in Week 2 against the Vikings.[15]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2012 Green Bay Packers 14 0 12 12 0 2.0 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 16 1 28 17 6 6.5 0
2014 Green Bay Packers 16 16 47 29 12 5.5 0
2015 Green Bay Packers 16 16 49 27 22 4.0 1
2016 Green Bay Packers 16 16 33 25 8 4.0 0
Total 78 49 158 110 48 22.0 1
Source: NFL.com


Season Team Games Tackles
GP GS Total Solo Ast Sck Int
2012 Green Bay Packers 2 0 3 2 1 0 0
2013 Green Bay Packers 1 1 5 3 2 1.0 0
2016 Green Bay Packers 2 2 6 1 5 .5 0
2016 Green Bay Packers 2 2 3 2 1 1.0 0
2016 Green Bay Packers 3 3 10 9 1 0 0
Total 10 8 27 17 10 2.5 0
Source: pro-football-reference.com


  1. ^ "Mike Daniels – Iowa,DT: 2012 NFL Draft". NFLDraftscout.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mike Daniels Mobile Profile". ESPN Mobile. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Mike Daniels". Iowa University. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Mike Daniels". Scout.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ Juliano, Joe. "Why didn't anyone know about this Mike Daniels guy?". The Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Drive Chart". ESPN. September 6, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Logue, Andrew (September 27, 2010). "Daniels earns player of the week honors". Iowa City Press-Citizen & The Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2010 Football All-Conference Teams and Individual Honors". Big Ten. November 29, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "More Hawkeyes earn preseason honors". Iowa City Press-Citizen & The Des Moines Register. UI Sports Information. June 8, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  10. ^ "PHIL STEELE'S 2011 PRESEASON AWARDS" (PDF) (Press release). Phil Steele Publications. May 28, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Mike Daniels". NFL.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Dunne, Talor (April 28, 2012). "DT Daniels another athlete up front". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Packers ink Mike Daniels to a four-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  14. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 - No. 95 Mike Daniels
  15. ^ Smith, Michael. "Mike Daniels fined for hit on Sam Bradford". NBC Sports. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 

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