Dane Belton

Dane Belton

Measurements
  • Height
    6010
  • Hand
    9 1/8
  • VJ
    36.5
  • Weight
    205lbs
  • Arm
    31
  • Speed
    4.43
S Combine Averages
  • Height
    5117
  • Hand
    9 1/4
  • VJ
    36
  • Weight
    204lbs
  • Arm
    31 3/4
  • Speed
    4.56
Luke Strnad - Scout
Dane Belton
  • Overall Rank
    331
  • Position Rank
    17
  • Position
    S
  • Age
    21.5 Years
  • Team
    IOWA

Stats

Year Games Played Tackles PBUs Yds/Cov Snap Sacks Misc. Stats
2019 8 33 0 1.36 0 TFLs: 2
2020 8 33 3 0.54 1
2021 14 46 7 0.83 0 TFLs: 3

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Adequate size, prototype player at safety. Looks lanky, would like him to see him add muscle mass in arms, and lower body. Measuring limited arm length at the combine and does not have any significant injuries in his career.

  • Size
    6
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 5.3

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Average toughness, not as physical out of a strong safety, but shows ability to be stern in the box. Instincts are average, shows good play recognition, but a step late to the action. Effort/motor is limited. Does not always fly around and can be lazy taking plays off if he is not near the play.

  • Toughness
    5
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    4
Grade 4.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Explosiveness is adequate, has a nice get off in the box while blitzing. Speed is limited, doesn't wow you with speed in coverage while in man or while coming down hill closing the distance for tackling. Average body control, bend and COD. Shows during blocks in and out of breaks and tackling. Lacks play strength, limited. Struggles to blow up blockers on screens and gets moved easily while being blocked.

  • Explosiveness
    6
  • Speed
    4
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    5
  • Play Strength
    4
Grade 4.8

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Back pedal is limited. Needs improvement on footwork, looks unnatural going backwards. Average hip fluidity, opens up hips smoothly post snap and while playing in the slot in man coverage. Moves well laterally. Average burst to close, closes the distance with explosion between him and the ball carrier. Demonstrates bad fits in the alley for run support. Plant and drive is limited. Fails to wrap up when tackling, will not plant opponent on bubble does not have that in him. Limited in run support. Looks lost and loses track of the football. Takes questionable angles to the football, stops and leaves his feet while making contact in his tackling technique. Average in his cover ability. Unable to cover quick slot receivers in man, gives too much separation. Leverages well in zone coverage and keeping the plays routes in front of him with taking efficient angles in the pass game. Adequate ball skills. Has an act for the ball. Breaks well when ball is released and will be in good position to have a shot making a play on the ball.

  • Hip Fluidity
    5
  • Burst to Close
    5
  • Plant and Drive
    4
  • Run Support
    4
  • Cover Ability
    5
  • Twitch/Suddenness
    4
  • Backpedal
    5
  • Ball Skills
    6
Grade 4.8

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Belton JR DB at Iowa, started in 2020 and 2021 seasons, playing in 30 games for Iowa Hawkeyes. Rated three-star recruit out of high school according to 247sports. while also running track. Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media) in 2020 season. In 2021 first-team All-Big Ten (coaches and media) and second-team All-Big Ten (Associated Press and Phil Steele). Achieved this under Kirk Ferentz (Head Coach) and Phil Parker(Defensive Coordinator). Overall, this player shows adequate ball skills and average hip fluidity and burst to close. He needs to improve his plant and drive, back pedal and run support in order to show his potential at the next level. He projects as nickel at the next level and a early to mid Day 3 prospect.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • Indiana
  • Sep - 04 - 2021
  • Demonstrated Adequate Ball Skills and Explosiveness
  • iconWorst Game
  • Iowa State
  • Sep - 11 - 2021
  • Limited Run Support; Bad Angles in the Alley
Best Trait
Ball Skills
Pro Comparison
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