Photo of Darius Slay
Grade
71.0 ?
  • 4.36 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 14 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Slay lettered in basketball and was a standout in the 100- and 200-meter sprints in high schools, but he excelled the most with football. Slay was an all-state running back and defensive back. In his senior year of high school, Slay rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns in addition to intercepting six passes with two touchdown returns. He started his career at junior college, and as a freshman, Slay was recognized as first-team All-State and All-Region 23 at cornerback and a second-team All-State kick returner. For the season he recorded 41 total tackles and two fumbles forced with three interceptions. The following year, Slay earned first-team All-State for both his defensive play and kick return talents by the Mississippi Association of Junior College Coaches.



In July 2010, Slay Committed to Mississippi State over offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State. In his first year, he played in all 12 regular season games and the Music City Bowl, seeing time on kickoff and punt coverage and in a reserve role at defensive back. Slay tallied 23 tackles, four pass breakups, and an interception returned for a touchdown. In 2012, Slay started opposite of Johnthan Banks in 13 games. He recorded 40 tackles, six passes defended, and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. For his play, he was selected to the Coaches All-SEC second-team.

Analysis

Strengths

Slay has a good build for the position and long arms. Gets good use out his length and will use his hands to disturb receivers during the route. Very good at attacking the hands and arms as the receiver goes for the reception, forces a lot of drops. Works across the face of his blockers, and creates separation with his length. Physical tackler. Solid hands. Talented special teams player and a hard worker.

Weaknesses

On the slimmer side and could stand to add strength. Stays too upright in his backpedal. Doesn't have the quickest feet, faster receivers could give him issues. Struggles with putting his foot in the ground and driving on the ball. Lacks great change of direction skills. Can get locked on blocks when trying to attack downhill. Not an impressive blitzer.

NFL Comparison

Antoine Cason

Bottom Line

Slay is an aggressive corner with good length. He is skilled in playing the hands of the receiver and forces incompletions because of it. Slay's toughness translates when it comes to his run defense and special teams play. He's going to have to prove his speed at the combine, but he should go in the middle rounds.
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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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