May 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- Defensive lineman Daniel McCullers is headed to the Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 215th overall selection. He is the 337th all-time draft pick from Tennessee, the most of any school in the SEC. He joins offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James and Zach Fulton as the first three Tennessee products selected in this year's draft. James was taken in the first round by the Miami Dolphins (19th overall) on the draft's opening night.
McCullers is the first defensive lineman selected from Tennessee since Malik Jackson was picked in the fifth round of the 2012 draft by the Denver Broncos.
He is the 17th Tennessee product drafted by the Steelers and the first since offensive lineman Chris Scott in 2010. The first Vol ever taken by Pittsburgh was UT's only three-time All-American Bob Suffridge in 1941.
The massive McCullers, who stands 6-7, 352, posted 72 tackles in his two seasons with the Vols after transferring in from Georgia Military College. McCullers was named to the preseason watch lists for the Outland, Bednarik and Nagurski Trophies in 2013. He was also a 2013 preseason All-SEC second-team selection.
McCullers played in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl and participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
As a senior, McCullers made 33 tackles including 4.5 tackles for a loss in starting all 12 games at nose tackle. McCullers was second on the team quarterback hurries with four and blocked one kick -- the second block of his career. He had six tackles including a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss in the Vols' upset win over South Carolina.
A native of Raleigh, N.C., McCullers played his first two college seasons at Georgia Military College and made 64 total tackles.