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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Daniel Whelan, P, UC Davis

Dan Whelan UC Davis
UC Davis punter Dan Whelan has one of the biggest legs in college football. The Ireland native has a monster leg and is huge.
  • Name:  Daniel Whelan
  • Height:  6 ft 6 in
  • Weight: 225 lbs
  • Position: Punter
  • College: UC Davis
  • Twitter: @danwhelan37

What is the best restaurant in your hometown?

• Powerscourt Arms Hotel and Restaurant, Enniskerry, Ireland. 

When breaking down your film what will stick out?  

• Consistency and the ability to place the ball wherever it needs to go.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money? 

• Donate some money to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation because I care deeply about the environment; I’d also get another dog. (Helping my mother and family of course as well)

What has been your biggest failure? 

• My biggest failure was not being able to bring my dog over from Ireland to live with me.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Reliable, consistent & powerful

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• Niko Harris, he is the silent killer, keeps his head down, always on time, does what he is told and is a great team player

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

• I’ve a couple; Irish Wolfhound,  DDuubs  

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job? 

• Sustainable Environmental Design; I’d try to work with a company who designs sustainable homes 

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What is your coolest life moment? 

•  Arriving in Palm Springs in 2013 with huge excitement and expectations for my new life ahead 

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

• Adele, Set Fire to the Rain 

If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking? 

• Daniel Craig, James Bond

Who is your favorite football team? 

• 49ers and if asked me that in at home in Ireland, I’d say Newcastle United 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

• Warning, l’m not a Leprechaun! 

What is your biggest fear? 

• Not living up to my full potential and not being successful at whatever I put my mind to 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  Johnny Hekker, he is very consistent and is capable of thriving in very pressured situations all over the field.

Take us through game day, How do you prepare? 

• The night before, I meditate; game day, have breakfast, walk my dog, enjoy the pre-game meal, go out in the field to practice, talk to my team mates, stretch and punt by myself. Then practice with my long snapper, directional punts, stretch, work out. At half time,  I usually have a bagel.

Do you have any hobbies? 

• Working out, meditation, tennis 

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be? 

• Johnny Hekker, Rams Punter 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My Mum. She has taught me to always to do the right thing, be myself and be kind 

What motivates you to work hard?

• My motivation is to make my family proud, and coming from Ireland, is to have this opportunity to be a successful punter in the NFL. 

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