SF 49ers Player No. 2: Darrion Daniels, defensive lineman
Without a doubt, the 49ers’ most potent positional group is in its defensive line, and the entire philosophy on the defense is that a potent D-line will free the team from blitzing and allow for optimal coverage from the other seven defenders.
While the team is well known for devoting a lot of draft capital to it, it should not be overlooked the Niners also get help from a lot of depth such as the vastly underrated defensive tackle D.J. Jones.
It’s this deep depth that will probably relegate Darrion Daniels to the practice squad, at least for now.
San Francisco loves Daniels, as evidenced by the relatively high amount of money the team paid him as a priority undrafted free agent, so it’s not out of the question that he could fit somehow onto the final team.
He justified this in camp, putting himself on the bubble between the practice squad and the regular-season roster as he consistently showed strong play on the interior in camp. Plays are disrupted much more quickly from the interior as opposed to pressure from the edge, so players like Daniels are always finding a home on the roster.
More likely, however, he’ll be of the same situation as JaMycal Hasty and be put on the practice squad and called upon in case of injury.
Injuries on the defensive line are almost a guarantee in football, so Daniels should find himself on the roster at some point this season.