Daniel Barker NFL Draft

Daniel Barker

  • TE Michigan State
  • Senior
  • #237
  • 6'4"
  • 250lbs
  • Prospect
  • Big Ten

2022 Season

REC

21

YDS

239

TD

2

YDS/REC

11.381

Prospect Summary

Daniel Barker 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Illinois Transfer

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Spread system  
  • 2022 projected role: Starting TE aligning in multiple positions  

Pros: Daniel Barker’s value as a player comes from his versatility. On any given play, Barker will align at traditional TE, in the slot, as a wideout, and even in the backfield. This versatility allows Barker to take advantage of mismatches and win his matchups. When he is playing the traditional receiver position, he usually has a linebacker lined up on him and Barker has shown to be able to beat the linebacker in space. In the slot, Barker has also shown well in his understanding of zones and spacing and makes himself available for the quarterback up the seam. Barker is a versatile player who has consistently been effective in any alignment on the field, making him a plus player for the Spartans. 

Cons: Daniel Barker’s need for improvement comes as a blocker. When Barker is aligned as an in-line tight end and is responsible for blocking defensive ends, he is very inconsistent in his effectiveness. Barker shows to have good initial contact but lacks the technique to sustain blocks. Barker doesn’t have a typical build for an in-line tight end, and this is in part why he struggles. Barker can benefit from getting stronger, which should help him sustain blocks. Overall, Barker is a high-effort player but there may just be some physical limitations preventing him from being a great blocker when he is aligned as an in-line tight end.

Daniel Barker NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez