NAME: Daniel Helm
POSITION: Tight End
JERSEY: No. 80
RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star
WT: 255 lbs
A Tennessee transfer, Helm is an effective player for Duke where he is used in a variety of roles. While his receiving production isn’t going to turn any heads, Helm has been reliable when called upon.
While he’s often called up to stay in and block, Helm does work hard to sell his route breaks and create separation against man coverage. With that said, he lacks the fluidity and quickness in and out of his breaks to truly take advantage of his desire to be a route salesman. Helm does showcase soft hands when given the opportunity to snag it out of the air.
Most of Helm’s production does come as a blocker where he’s proven able to win flexed in the slot, out of the backfield or in-line. He does well to stay balanced, locate his hands and works to keep his body square to his opponent. While he isn’t a dominant blocker, he is committed and gets his work done.
Overall, Helm offers a modest skill set but his versatility and baseline ability in all areas may lead to an NFL opportunity.