Photo of Darius Slay
Drafted By: Lions
  • Round 2
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 36

Combine Results

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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"They had an offensive tackle and corner need. Kind of an interesting pick. There are rumors, and I've confirmed it, that he's had a meniscus problem in his knees, causing a lot of teams to worry whether he'd be ready for training camp." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


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.



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.


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.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.