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Darryl Sharpton (LB)
  • Height:
    5'11"
  • Weight:
    236 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 1/2 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 7/8 in.
  • College:
    Miami
  • Conference:
    ACC
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Selected by: Houston Texans
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 4 (102)
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Pick Analysis: The Texans add an instinctive linebacker with the selection of Darryl Sharpton. As a hard-hitting plugger with good awareness, he should be a solid backup early in his career, who makes most of his contributions on special teams.

Overview

Sharpton had his most productive season as a collegiate athlete leading the Hurricanes with 106 tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss. Sharpton has had some durability problems in the past but was able to stay on the field for 12 games in 2009. Sharpton is a short well built player with good athleticism. He doesn’t have great range in pursuit or speed to the sideline but is very effective between the hashes. Sharpton is also limited in pure man coverage’s but could be effective in combination zones schemes. His size is a concern at the next level taking on larger blockers and will likely need to be covered up most of the time. He should give valuable depth to the position and contribute on special teams.


Strengths

Sharpton is a slightly-undersized, tough, competitive linebacker who has experience playing all three spots in a 4-3. He flashes the ability to be an explosive tackler, especially inside. Has some impressive short area quickness and a great motor against the run.

Weaknesses

Sharpton lacks some height and bulk we like to see for an inside linebacker. Long range speed is only adequate. Durability is a concern as Sharpton’s dealt with injuries during his career. Doesn’t possess adequate instincts, takes too long to diagnose and can get caught out of position by misdirection players. His block protection is quesetionable at next level.

Grade

5.5

 

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