Danieal Manning is a free safety for the NFL’s Chicago Bears. He was drafted by the Bears in the second round as the 42nd pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. Manning first attended the University of Nebraska and then transferred to Abilene Christian University.
In two seasons, Manning has played in all 32 regular season games. In that time, he’s made 149 tackles with 121 of those being solo stops. He has forced four fumbles and grabbed four interceptions.At five eleven and weighing 202 pounds, Manning also plays as a return specialist.
The safety shows agility, athleticism and quickness. He’s versatile enough to return punts and play corner. Manning possesses that burst necessary to close in on receivers and tackles well. He can cover a lot of territory quickly and is effective in the high position. His balance, ability to backpedal and sound plant and shift technique allow him to play off of and react to opposing players’ moves. With more experience and some additional work on live reads, Manning will continue to develop into a first-rate defender.