Daniels was never expected to garner significant interest by the NFL despite being a reputable runner at Iowa. In Daniels’ senior season, he rushed for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns, which is pretty solid considering he was splitting time with Akrum Wadley.
At Iowa’s pro day, however, Daniels ran a blistering 4.5 40-yard dash at 5’11” and 225 pounds.
This performance was good enough to get him into the NFL. After bouncing from the Patriots practice squad to the Chargers practice squad and then to the Redskins practice squad, Daniels finally got an opportunity to play in the NFL when he was promoted to the active roster late in the 2017 season.
He received 3 carries and went for a total of 14 yards in weeks 13 and 14 of the 2017 regular season before being placed on injured reserve. He was waived and then picked up and waived again by the Packers.
The AAF would be a perfect chance for Daniels to show what he can do against a higher level of competition, and he would be close to his brother James who is currently back at school finishing up his education after his rookie year in the NFL.