Safety Deandre McDaniel Signs with Colts

Safety Deandre McDaniel tweeted earlier today that he has signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Signed with the Indianapolis Colts today! New home! It’s not where u start, its where u finish!

McDaniel was one of the highest rated safeties in the 2010 NFL Draft, and could have easily gone drafted in the early rounds if not for character concerns. He played a hybrid safety/linebacker role in Clemson’s defense and tallied 102 tackles and 8 interceptions in 2009 — his junior year. Had he chosen to enter the draft at that point, he would have very likely been the top safety prospect.

He tallied 73 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups as a senior.

McDaniel excels more toward the box than as a coverage safety in open field and has the size, 6-foot, 217 pounds, to lay hard hits on his victims. His other biggest question mark is a slow 4.6 second 40-yard timed speed.

He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints earlier this year and will likely be added as a member of the practice squad.

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