Jayden Daniels - QB - LSU

The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner has long been considered The Best of the Rest behind USC’s Caleb Williams, and for many is a certainty to be taken as the second quarterback off the board on April 25th in Detroit. He is one of the most experienced signal callers entering the 2024 NFL Draft and his elite rushing ability, combined with top-tier throwing accuracy, make him one of the most sought after commodities in professional football – the dual threat QB.

Measurables

Height: 6′ 4″

Weight: 210 lbs

Age: 23

40-yard dash: DNP

3-cone drill: DNP

20-yard shuttle: DNP

Vertical Jump: DNP

Broad Jump: DNP

Bench Press: DNP

*age is at the start of player’s rookie year

College Stats

Passing Table
Passing
YearSchoolConfClassPosGCmpAttPctYdsY/AAY/ATDIntRate
*2019Arizona StatePac-12FRQB1220533860.729438.79.4172149.2
2020Arizona StatePac-12SOQB4498458.37018.39.051145.7
*2021Arizona StatePac-12JRQB1319730165.423817.97.11010136.2
*2022LSUSECSR1426638868.629137.58.0173144.5
*2023LSUSECSRQB1223632772.2381211.713.6404208.0
CareerOverall953143866.3127508.99.58920158.4
Arizona State45172362.460258.38.43213143.4
LSU50271570.267259.410.6577173.6
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 4/1/2024.

Notable Headlines

Despite limited team success in his time at Arizona State and LSU, Daniels has done it all on a personal level, winning not only the Heisman but a slew of other accolades including the AP College Football Player of the Year, SN Player of the Year and the Walter Camp Player of the Year. A 4-star recruit coming out of high school in his native San Bernardino, Daniels was considered one of the top-QB prospects of the 2019 class. Although his exit from the Sun Devils to Louisiana was shrouded in controversy, the 23-year old has flourished in Baton Rouge under Brian Kelly, becoming the first player in FBS history to throw for over 12,000 yards whilst putting up over 3,000 on the ground. As a senior, Daniels recorded over 3,800 yards through the air for 40 touchdowns, adding over 1,100 rushing yards and a further 10 scores…all career highs.

Scouting Report

Positives

Daniels’ rushing ability and natural speed allow him to turn designed plays and scrambles into huge gains (8.4 YPC in 2023). His 5 years as a starter have tuned his ability to progress through his reads and demonstrates excellent pocket management, even under pressure. He possesses above average deep ball accuracy with good balance of velocity and touch, regularly connecting downfield with his receivers. Protects the football well through quality decision making and athletic ability under pressure. Unmatched in this draft class for sheer athleticism at the position.

Negatives

There are questions surrounding Daniels’ somewhat slender frame weighing in at only 210lbs despite his lofty 6’4” stature. His 3,307 yards on the ground have come at a cost of 617 career rushes – adding to the concerns over his durability and long-term efficiency in the professional game. Daniels can, on occasion, fail to anticipate his WR’s ability to separate down field, forcing him to scramble and rely on his legs to escape pressure.

Pre Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital- Early Round 1

Ideal Landing Spot

With Caleb Williams expected to be drafted 1st overall by the Chicago Bears, I simply cannot see any other outcome than the Washington Commanders making Daniels the second quarterback off the board at the 1.02 spot. Whispers of Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy leapfrogging Daniels and Drake Maye just doesn’t make sense given the run-heavy approaches of Washington and New England alongside McCarthy’s prowess as a pocket passer. Dan Quinn will be looking to establish the run in 2024 – adding Jayden Daniels under centre flanked by Brian Robinson Jr. and newly acquired Austin Ekeler will make them a significant threat on the ground as well as through the air, with Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson both benefitting from Daniels’ arm strength.

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