Photo of Daimion Stafford
Grade
51.4 ?
  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 21 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 30.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.06 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 1/8" Arm Length
  • 221LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

For the second straight year, Nebraska’s top defensive prospect will be a player who didn’t begin his career in Lincoln. Linebacker Lavonte David parlayed his two exceptional seasons with the Cornhuskers (after a couple of great years at Fort Scott Community College) into a second-round selection in the 2012 draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



He was one of the top defensive backs in the junior college ranks in 2009 and 2010, intercepting nine passes for Chaffey College while also being a threat as a kick returner. In high school, Stafford actually played with current Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez at Norco High School in California (where Stanford/Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart played) for two seasons before Martinez transferred. Academics kept him from jumping on offers from several major programs who coveted his services out of Norco. Big Ten media voted Stafford honorable mention all-conference for his work in 2011 (12 starts in 13 games played, 80 tackles, three for loss, team-high 10 pass breakups). In 2012, Stafford was named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, and second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches. He recorded 96 tackles, seven pass breakups, and four interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid build. Downhill player with the closing speed, thick build, and tenacity to throw himself into piles as a run defender. Levels receivers trying to make catches over the middle and makes them pay for grabbing sideline patterns. Movement skills are good enough to make plays in zone and handle man coverage responsibilities for short periods. Used in a lot of two-deep looks. Effective when playing in the box.

Weaknesses

Aggressive run defender who will overrun plays to give up cutback lanes. Thick build hinders his flexibility and agility to stay with receivers downfield. Can be a step late getting to the sideline from the hash or covering deep outs. Inconsistent finding the ball in the air, will overrun or come up short on deep balls.

NFL Comparison

Yeremiah Bell

Bottom Line

Stafford is following Lavonte David’s path from junior college to Lincoln to the NFL. The thick-bodied saftey needs to improve his play while the ball is in the air, but his aggressiveness could earn him a late-round selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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