Darius Slay, CB

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Brunswick, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 192 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6382-3

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.312.471.5014 35 1/210'4"4.216.90
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Possesses an athletic build with long arms. Good quickness, fluidity and straight-line speed. Better than expected route-recognition given his lack of experience and has natural coverage ability. Reads the quarterback's eyes and shows a burst to close on the ball. Times his leap nicely to compete for 50-50 balls, showing good hand-eye coordination to at least disrupt the pass. Experience as a kick returner is evident in his open field running ability. Has good vision and the patience to allow blocks to set up as well as enough athleticism to make opponents miss in the open field.

WEAKNESSES: Only has one year of starting experience at the BCS level and had plenty of opportunities to make plays starting opposite Banks, an established star. Is better in coverage than he is as a run defender. Struggles to get off of blocks and shows less than ideal aggression as a tackler, overall. Has a tendency to duck his head and swipe at ball-carriers' legs, resulting in missed tackles.

COMPARES TO: Tracy Porter, CB, Denver Broncos -- Don't judge Slay on his surname as he is far from a physical striker but the coverage skills are in place to warrant a middle round selection. With greater willingness to get his jersey dirty, Slay could develop into a starter.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Overshadowed for much of his two seasons with the Bulldogs by All-SEC teammate Johnthan Banks, Slay is considered by scouts to be one of the nation's more intriguing pass defenders.

Slay signed with Mississippi State out of high, choosing the Bulldogs over Georgia, Oklahoma State and Kentucky but failed to qualify academically and wound up playing two seasons at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College, where he was voted an all-regional selection each year as both a cornerback and kick returner.

Slay played in all 13 games for the Bulldogs as a junior, recording 23 tackles, four passes break ups and an interception against Georgia, which he returned 72 yards for a touchdown. He earned the starting position opposite Banks as a senior and enjoyed a breakout campaign, intercepting five passes and recording 37 tackles on his way towards Second Team All-SEC accolades.

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04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 39. CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State (6-1, 190, 4SR)...The "other" cornerback from the Bulldogs' defense, Slay has the higher NFL upside than Banks with his natural athleticism and size. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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