2015 NFL DRAFT
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DeCori Birmingham

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 210 | College: Arkansas
 
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Overview

Positives … Has a thick build with solid overall muscle development, broad shoulders, big bubble, thick thighs and knotted calves. … Has a quick short area burst and adequate playing strength. … Has enough speed to get to the corner on outside runs. … Does a decent job of securing the ball and is patient waiting for blocks to develop as a returner. … Shows no hesitation returning kicks, displaying good straight-line quickness. … Has enough leg drive to break some tackles working the inside holes. … Does show some movement to slide outside. … If he gets a crease, he has a way of avoiding defenders.

Negatives … Lacks top speed and is more of a downhill runner who is strictly a one-cut type. … If there is no hole created, he does not have the ability to gain yards. … Needs to improve his balance, as he will generally go down from the initial tackle. … Shows marginal route running skills, taking soft angles and rounds his cuts. … Has decent hands, but prefers to let the ball absorb into his body. … Has no long speed to defeat defenders when in the open. … Misses cutbacks quite a bit and most of his fumbles were the result of running into his own blockers. … Does not have enough power to push the pile. … Gathers to cut and is stiff in the hips, showing marginal lateral agility. … Stiff route runner who struggles to turn his body and look the ball in. … Poor blocker who shies away from contact, especially when asked to pick up the blitz. … Can locate defenders up field to cut block, but seems hesitant to hurl his body at the opponent and will make only soft hits.

2004 Season

After beginning the season as a top reserve at flanker, he moved to tailback … With injuries to Cedric Cobbs and De'Arrius Howard, he moved to the offensive backfield for the Mississippi contest and started two games at tailback … Also started the Texas game at flanker … Ranked third on the squad with 549 yards and three touchdowns on 88 carries (6.2 avg) … Caught 17 passes for 186 yards (10.9 avg) and a pair of scores … Returned eleven kickoffs for 203 yards (18.5 avg) and gained 89 yards on seven punt returns (12.7 avg) … Fumbled three times, with one miscue being converted into an opposition score …

Lost 32 yards on his 88 rushing attempts.

2003 GAME Analysis

Auburn … Made three catches for 45 yards.

Florida … Had four receptions for 24 yards and four punt returns for 68 yards.

Kentucky … Exploded for a career-high 196 yards on 40 carries with 10 & 25-yard touch-downs.

South Carolina … Turned the ball over on a fumble, but ran eight times for 97 yards and a 51-yard score, adding 9 yards on a catch and 16 yards on a kickoff return.

New Mexico State … Followed with seven runs for 46 yards and a 30-yard kickoff return.

Louisiana State … Fumbled twice, with one turnover leading to an LSU score … Rushed six times for 51 yards and had touchdown receptions of 53 & 16 yards … Added 44 yards on three kickoff returns and 14 yards on two punt returns.

Missouri (Independence Bowl) … Collected 85 yards on ten rushing attempts and 39 yards on a kickoff return.

2003 Season

Played in all 14 games, earning four starts at flanker while serving in a variety of other roles … Was the Hogs' third-leading receiver with 184 yards and three touchdowns on 17 catches (10.8 avg) … Took over full-time punt and kickoff return duties in the third game of the season … Finished the season ranked third in the SEC and 31st in the nation in punt returns with an average of 12.2 yards per return, gaining 342 yards on 28 attempts … His 22.8 yard-per-return average on kickoffs placed him eighth in the league and 39th in the nation, totaling 638 yards on 28 tries … Also rushed ten times for 59 yards (5.9 avg) … Gained 1223 all-purpose yards … Lost 4 yards on his ten rushing attempts and fumbled twice, with one leading to an opposition score.

2002 GAME ANALYSIS

Boise State … Opened the season with a 6-yard scoring grab.

Alabama … Set a school game-record by gaining 197 yards on six kickoff returns, adding 22 yards on two punt returns and 3 yards on a reception.

Kentucky … Fumbled twice as he snatched five passes for 60 yards, returned three punts for 37 yards and gained 62 yards on four kickoff returns.

Mississippi … Added 9 yards on a reverse, 13 yards on a catch, 88 yards on three punt returns and 34 yards on two kickoff returns.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Scored on a 19-yard reception while also picking up 19 yards on two carries, 48 yards on four punt returns and 16 yards on a kickoff return.

Mississippi State … Followed with three kickoff returns for 114 yards.

Louisiana State … Had a game-winning 31-yard touchdown catch with 0:09 left in a 21-20 decision … Also returned three punts for 24 yards and had an 18-yard kickoff return.

Minnesota (Music City Bowl) … Picked up 7 yards on a reverse, 15 yards on two punt returns and 40 yards on a pair of punt returns.

2002 Season

Spent time at both flanker and tailback before settling in as a reserve in the UA backfield and was one of Arkansas' primary kickoff return specialists … One of five true freshmen to play in every UA regular season game … Earned 87 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, boasted a 7.8 yards per attempt rushing average, and tallied a season-high 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts in the win over Weber State, scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a 10-yard run vs. the Wildcats … Tied for fifth on the squad with six catches for 47 yards, with four of his six catches earning Arkansas first downs … Snared a season-high two catches for 22 yards including a 16-yard effort vs. Louisiana State.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.

Track

Sociology major, enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences … Cousin of former Arkansas players, defensive end Randy Garner and tight end Jason Peters … Son of Rod Birmingham and Saundra Fulze … Born 11/22/82 … Resides in Texarkana, Texas.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.6 in the 40-yard dash … 330-pound bench press … 480-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 34.5-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … 4.17 20-yard shuttle … 7.25 three-cone drill … Right-handed … 19/34 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 4.64 in the 40-yard dash … 2.71 20-yard dash … 1.67 10-yard dash … 4.28 20-yard shuttle … 11.75 60-yard shuttle … 7.13 three-cone drill … Bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times … 30 3/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … 17 Wonderlic score.

Personal

Attended Atlanta (Tex.) High School, playing football for coach Ben Scharnber … All-Conference, All-Northeast Texas and All-State selection as a junior … Ranked the 16th-best player overall in the nation by David Garvin's Longhorn Link … Helped his team to the district crown while rushing for 2,000 yards as a junior … Rushed for 1,063 yards and thirteen touchdowns on 125 carries in only five games as a senior, but was named second-team All-District despite missing four games with an injury.

 
 

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