Photo of ArDarius Stewart
Drafted By: Jets
  • Round 3
  • Pick 15
  • Overall 79

Combine Results

Grade
5.79 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's a great athlete. He's a tough guy. He's gonna catch and be a running threat after the catch. Has some deep ball skills as well. He's gonna have the pedigree of a complete receiver." -- Brian Billick

  • 5'11" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Alabama's passing offense ranked 87th in the country in 2016 with only 210.3 yards per contest, but that's no reflection on Stewart's talent. He did what he could to help a freshman quarterback in Jalen Hurts, catching 54 passes for 864 yards and eight scores and rushing for 68 yards on eight carries. He was a first-team All-SEC pick despite missing three games, two to a leg injury and a third via suspension for "violating behavior rules" per head coach Nick Saban. Stewart also had an important pass play in the national championship game to keep the Tide alive in the fourth quarter. He started every game in the team's title run the previous year, making 63 grabs for 700 yards and four scores. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Stewart was a two-game starter (12-149 receiving). After being graded as a potential second-round pick by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, Stewart decided to declare for the draft to take care of his two children and the rest of his family.

Analysis

Strengths

Brings a physical play demeanor to the field at all times. Has takeoff to push cornerbacks into an aggressive backpedal. Karate fighting hands ward off jams and redirect attempts inside his route. Varies route speed to create uneasiness in defender. Sells route fakes with sharp head turns that tilt cornerbacks. Has a gas gear to race past defender and climb quickly over the top. Talented ball tracker with skills to win the deep ball on a consistent basis when matched one on one. Body control for mid-air adjustments is superb and his hands are like clamps. Very strong player and can take the ball away from corners when he needs to. Has kick return talent that translates into the NFL. Competitive runner after catch with skills that mirror a running back. Will elude certain tacklers and punish others. When asked to block and sustain, he's willing to do his part.

Weaknesses

Burly through the hips and doesn't have the build of the typical receiver. Saw 70 percent of his yardage gained come after the catch. Benefited from screens, pop passes and reverses. Routes could use more sharpness at his break points. Wasn't asked to create route separation on short and intermediate routes very often. Will need to work aggressively back to the ball as a pro. Can you get too cute with the ball in his hands and run himself out of yardage. There is still room for improvement with his hands.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Sources Tell Us

"Really like him. He's got a dog mindset and just kind of launches into everything he does. Typical Alabama player but he's on that high end of the competitive scale which is a big compliment." -- AFC executive

NFL Comparison

Chris Hogan

Bottom Line

Alabama-tough and plays the game like a grown man. Stewart is an extremely competitive target who has been a catch-and-run option as well as a deep ball threat, but he has the tools to become a solid starter who can be effective in all areas of the field. While Stewart could come in and compete for early kick return duties, some teams may view his run after the catch skills as his true value-added talent.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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