Vols' defensive tackle McCullers polishing skills for NFL

MOBILE, Ala. — One look at University of Tennessee defensive tackle Daniel McCullers tells you he's an NFL prospect.

In Senior Bowl practices this week, however, the 6-foot-8, 351-pounder is trying to prove he's more than just another big body.

"I know technique is a big thing in the NFL," McCullers said. "There's lot of big guys in the NFL, but you have to have technique to compete with them every day. My defensive line coach here has been telling me to work the edges more. I can bull-rush real good, but in the NFL, I'm going to have to find some more moves."

CBSSports.com forecasts McCullers will be a third-round pick in the May 8-10 NFL Draft. He played in a 4-3 at Tennessee, but with his size might make a good 3-4 nose tackle in the NFL.

"I'm a powerful guy," he said. "I'm kind of hard to move when I do come off low and do strike the guard or center in front of me. That's my main attribute."

McCullers wears jersey 98, the same number as another monstrous former Tennessee defensive lineman -- 6-foot-7, 328-pound John Henderson, who played 10 years in the NFL and made two Pro Bowls.

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis feels that comparisons between Henderson and McCullers are unwarranted at this point.

"He blots out the sun and the earth moves when he walks -- he's a monster, an absolute monster," said Davis, a Tennessee alum. "The problem is he looks like John Henderson coming out of Tennessee ... and he's not John Henderson.

"John Henderson was the ultimate freak defensive lineman who could just destroy the run game, rush the passer and obliterate you that way. I haven't seen that part out of Daniel."


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