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Is Jalon Daniels an NFL QB? ESPN's Matt Miller Talks Daniels' Future

ESPN's NFL Draft analyst and insider shares his takes on the Jayhawks

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  1. Jalon Daniels’ NFL Future 💵

  2. New Pod on KU’s Big 12 chances 🔮

  3. Two cool KU football videos 😯

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Is Jalon Daniels an NFL QB and more from ESPN Draft Analyst Matt Miller

Scoopsmeister’s Note: I wanted to let you know I’ll be out of the country for the next week and change, so my updates may be a bit more sporadic… though I still plan on checking in😏. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled scooping after the BYU game. OK, now for The Hearings!

ESPN NFL Draft expert Matt Miller made it to Lawrence for KU’s game against Illinois and was kind enough to answer some questions about the Jayhawks.

I interacted with Matt a few times when we both worked at Bleacher Report, and he’s always been really generous with his time. I’m thrilled to see his continued success and am glad to hear he’s optimistic about the Jayhawks. Give him a follow on Twitter. You can find his content on all platforms here.

Let’s get into it.

Q: Had you been to a football game at KU before? What was your impression on the scene Friday?

I hadn't been to a game since probably 2010 so it was fun to get back to Lawrence. The facilities looked great and you can tell there's some energy around the program that I don't remember being there in the past. I think overall there's enthusiasm and confidence that Leipold has brought to town.

Q: Is Jalon Daniels an NFL QB… or does he have scouts’ attention?

Yes and yes. It's too early to talk about where he'll be drafted and such, but he makes NFL plays consistently. What he does as an off-script quarterback is what scouts like to see. The key will be staying healthy and improving consistency in terms of ball placement. That'll get scouts more excited too.

Q: Daniels is a junior. Is his draft stock good enough where KU fans should start to expect him to leave after this season?

I wouldn't say he's good enough to warrant an early exit, at least based on what I've seen and heard, but I also wouldn't be surprised if he declared to get to the NFL earlier than later

Q: Does KU have any other obvious NFL guys?

Guard Dominick Puni is the top-ranked senior KU player and he is a mammoth in the run game. It was impossible to not notice RB Devin Neal even as an underclassman. He looks like a top 100 player from my initial evaluation.

Q: As for the overall team beyond NFL talk.. is Kansas… good?!

Kansas is good! Jalon makes the team tick, obviously, but the physicality the team plays with is really fun to watch. The run game is dangerous of course and Jalon does enough off-script in the passing game to worry even the more prominent Big 12 teams.

I hope it stays that way for the long haul…

As long as Leipold is there they have a shot.

Thanks again to Matt Miller!

New Podcast Episode 🎙️: Is KU Football a Big 12 Contender?!

Yeah, Nick and I may have been riding a high after the Illinois win. On the latest ‘Could Be Wrong,’ Nick and I break down KU’s place in the Big 12, talk about Jalon Daniels, the crowd attendance, and make new end-of-season record predictions.

You can listen (or watch) via:

Two Cool KU Football Vids 😯

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