Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?

Lebron Daniel: I feel my greatest strengths are my speed, my explosion, my athletic ability. I think I offer a lot of different pass rush moves. I also have a lot of versatility as I can put my hand in the dirt as well as stand up and make plays. I feel I fit in both a 4-3 and a 3-4 defense.

Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?

Lebron Daniel: Sign a contract and get better everyday. I feel if I take care of that everything will go forward and from there I will shoot for higher goals. I just want to get out there and show them what I am capable of doing.

Scott Porter: What do you feel are your biggest accomplishments?

Lebron Daniel: I feel some of my biggest accomplishments are finishing the year at the University of Iowa as a starter on defense. Also, achieving my degree which is something my family always wanted me to do. I also feel I was on 4 to 5 really good teams while playing at Iowa. We had a lot of success here and to be starting and a part of that success is a really good feeling.

Scott Porter: Is there player in the NFL that you like to watch and model your game after? What attributes do you pick up from that player(s)?

Lebron Daniel: At Iowa I had my hand on the ground most of the time so I really looked up to guys like Dwight Freeney and picked up as much as I could from him. I also view myself as a possible 3-4 OLB in the NFL so I watched a lot of Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens. I love how he plays. As well as Mario Williams and Clay Matthews. I try to emulate some of the things that those guys are capable of doing as they have all had great NFL careers so far.

Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Lebron Daniel?

Lebron Daniel: An NFL team will be getting a coach able guy. A guy who will never take a day or play off. I am going to go as hard as I can every play. They are going to be getting a guy who is very open to change and can adapt well to whatever they are asking and wanting of me. I will learn as much as I can from the veterans. I am a good learner and understand the game very well. Someone who will take everything in and learn as much as I can and get the job done. They will be getting a guy who responds well to whatever is asked for me. I am very dependable.

Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?

Lebron Daniel: I am looking forward to playing with great players. Lining up against the best players in America and testing my skills against them. I am looking forward to working and learning from great coaches and living out my dream. This is something I have wanted to do since I was 7 or 8 years when I can first remember playing football.

Scott Porter: What are you doing right now to get yourself ready for the NFL? What kind of things are you working on to get yourself prepared?

Lebron Daniel: Right now I am training at Iowa. I am working on getting faster and stronger. Since I played DE with my hand down all the time in college I am really focusing on working in space and change of direction, as well as doing a lot of LB drills because I feel a lot of teams will look at me as a 3-4 OLB at the next level. I am working on all different sorts of drills to improve on my times for my pro day and individual workouts and anything else that comes my way. I want to take what I have learned this off-season and continue to institute it into my game to become as good of a player as I can be.

Scott Porter: What type of system do you feel you fit in?

Lebron Daniel: I feel that I can fit in any system really but I really feel I fit in nice with a team who runs a 3-4 defense. I have the skills of a DE or OLB which I think is very beneficial and makes me multidimensional. I really like the thought of me playing a 3-4 OLB system because so many teams run the 3-4 now and they are looking for that versatile guy who is a hybrid and can line up all over the field.

Scott Porter: What are your hobbies off the field?

Lebron Daniel: I like to play pool outside of football. I also like to do a boxing type of taekwondo thing. It is a hobby of mine but I feel it also helps me with football because it helps with my conditioning and my hands. It helps you use your hands correctly without getting tired. Playing pool and boxing/taekwondo are really my biggest hobbies away from the field.

Scott Porter: Can you tell us one young Iowa player right now who we should keep an eye on down the road as an NFL prospect?

Lebron Daniel: The first one that comes to my mind is Nico Law who will be a sophomore next year. Yeah, I would no doubt say Nico. He is a guy who played mostly on special teams last year but I think he will see significant time next year and end up starting sooner or later. He did a good job on special teams. The way he flys down the field with his speed. He has great agility and he plays with a lot of heart. It will not surprise me when he becomes a starter and a great player down the line. Watching him as a young guy this year things look promising for him in my opinion.

 

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