Jayden Daniels says he’ll ‘be ready’ for NFL after LSU Pro Day

Jayden Daniels | Photo by: Gus Stark

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels is seeing his NFL Draft prospects ramp up.

The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and LSU held its Pro Day on Wednesday in front of six NFL head coaches and 100 assistants, scouts and other personnel.

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Daniels put a stamp on his Pro Day performance with back-to-back deep balls to Malik Nabers and Brian Thomas Jr. that impressed the crowd on hand. Daniels didn’t participate at the NFL combine, instead choosing to go through drills on campus so his LSU teammates could also get pro eyes on them.

“It meant a lot,” Daniels said. “They had multiple eyes out here, all 32 (teams) and more, so that was great for them to go out there and showcase their talent, showcase how they move, write their own journey. They get an opportunity, I know they’re going to crush it.”

Daniels measured in a 6-foot-3 5/8 inches weighing 210 pounds. His hand size came to 9 3/8 inches while his wingspan reached 76 3/4 inches.

He didn’t participate in the 40-yard dash or other drills such as broad jump or bench press. But Daniels continued meeting with NFL teams so they could get to know him better and he could learn what to expect at the pro level.

“Who’s going to invest in me, who’s going to believe in me?” Daniels said. “Kind of like LSU on and off the field as a man and a player, so I’ll say it’s kind of the biggest thing. But they probably already did their homework. They know who I am as a person and who I am as a player.”

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Daniels earned the Heisman Trophy after a 3,812-passing yard, 40-touchdown campaign in 2023. It was a long time coming for the gunslinger from San Bernardino, California, who originally started his college career at Arizona State.

According to NFL.com and Eric Edholm’s 2024 NFL mock draft, Daniels is projected to be picked No. 3 overall by the New England Patriots. That would make him the highest drafted Tigers player since Derek Stingley Jr. went third to the Houston Texans in 2022.

Daniels has the tools to succeed in the NFL. In less than one month he’ll realize his dream, and then the countdown toward his pro debut will begin.

“God wouldn’t put me in nothing that in the NFL I can’t handle so obviously he put me in this position, my life calling, mapped out,” Daniels said. “Only He knows so I was just going out there. I feel like I’d be ready. There’s a learning curve for everything. I’m just ready to hear my name called and then go in there just ready to learn and meet my new teammates.”