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Steelers 2016 Roster, 90 in 90 Days: Daniel McCullers the answer at NT for Pittsburgh?

In a new feature at BTSC, we are breaking down the Steelers 90-man roster one player, one position, one day at a time. The conclusion of this feature will be the start of the 2016 season.

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Today we move back to the interior defensive line covering the 6th round draft pick from 2014

Player: Daniel McCullers

Position: NT

School: Tennessee

There is no doubt that Daniel McCullers has the size, strength, and athleticism to make an impact in the NFL. What’s holding him back right now is a series of technical deficiencies most noticeably a tendency to make his first move up which allows opposing linemen to out-leverage him when his pads rise too high. Secondly, he can look slightly duck footed at times shortening his play range, and taking him out of plays quickly.

The good news is that he’s been garnering high praise from coaches, and the Steelers interior line is going to be fascinating to watch in 2016. It’s clear that NFL defenses are transitioning to more Nickel and sub packages, and the Steelers have steadily moved towards playing two defensive ends with no NT much of the time. It does not seem likely the McCullers has a future slotting in much in that position, so it appears the Steelers are going to give him every opportunity to win a job when they do play the base 3-4 defense.

Elite Size
Has the strength to shed blockers and make athletic plays

Often fails to get underneath opponent
Must improve at fundamental level especially with footwork

Chances of Making the team: 100%