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2013 Draft Profile: Darius Slay

Posted by Stephen Czarda on April 23, 2013 – 3:30 pm

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

[Note-This post does not indicate any plans for the draft. It is merely a more in-depth look at a prospect that has been floated around the No. 51 pick in mock drafts.]

With the NFL Draft just over 48 hours away, teams are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards of the prospects they are narrowing their sites on.

Currently, the Redskins still do not posses a first round draft pick. Washington’s first round pick  (22nd overall) pick is now in the hands of the St. Louis Rams after last year’s trade that landed AP Offensive Rookie of Year Robert Griffin III.

This week, I will be profiling a handful of prospects that could be joining the Burgundy and Gold this weekend.

So without further adieu I present to you the first draft prospect: Mississippi State safety Darius Slay.

Currently, the Redskins have five safeties on the roster, but with Jordan Bernsteine and Brandon Meriweather recovering from season-ending injuries, safety could be a primary position of interest.

Slay spent two years at Itawamba Community College before heading to Starkville the fall of 2011.

In his two years at Mississippi State, Slay appeared in all 26 games and wowed scouts and opponents alike with blazing speed. He shut down current and future NFL stars from the SEC.

…Yes the same SEC that has dominated the NCAA for the past decade.

Slay’s draft profile on NFL.com states that he has an uncanny ability to force incompletions.  At the combine, he posted the fastest 40 time (4.36) for defensive backs.

What’s not to like about that combo?

His strengths:

 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.

The first weakness on his draft profile states that he could add some bulk to his frame. If that’s his biggest downfall than expect Slay to be selected within the first two rounds.

 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.

 With 50 selections to be had before the Redskins walk up to the podium this weekend, the possibilities are endless as who will be anointed the honor of being the headliner for the 2013 class.

In the meantime, its fun to play the guessing game.

For more on Slay check out this gallery highlighting Slay’s two year stint at Mississippi State.

Hail to the Redskins!

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6 Responses to “2013 Draft Profile: Darius Slay”

  1. By bburkeastronomy on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    “Currently, the Redskins are still the only team that does not posses a first round draft pick.”

    Seahawks and Buccaneers don’t have first round picks either.

  2. By bburkeastronomy on Apr 24, 2013 | Reply

    seahwaks and bucs also do not have first round picks*

  3. By http://www.magazin-metropolregion.de/postreply.php?id=172 on Sep 9, 2013 | Reply

    “We didn’t imagine being 30 up,” Davies said. “We can’t relax at all, these guys are more than capable of coming back and winning a few off of us.”

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