Scouting Report: Darian Stewart

Written by Rob Engle on April 3, 2010




Darian Stewart


Position: S School: South Carolina
Height: 5’11" Weight: 213 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.51

Overall Grade:

5.03

Draft Projection:

Late Rounder


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 5
Quickness/Agility 10 5.5
Strength/Explosion 10 6
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 4.5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 6


Defensive Back Specific Categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Ball Skills 10 3.5
Man Coverage 10 4
Zone Coverage 10 6
Tackling 6 4.5
Run Stopping 6 4.5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 3
Physicality 6 5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

A big, physical safety with a lot of experience in a prestigious conference (SEC). He’s a good tackler and can hit like a linebacker. He’s got good straight line speed. Very solid in run support. Really looks the part. Good instincts and recognition ability.

Weaknesses

He isn’t great in coverage and won’t be asked to play deep coverage very often. He doesn’t have great range and won’t cover much ground if he makes a mistake in coverage. Lacks ball skills and good hands so he won’t make many interceptions. Man to man coverage isn’t great either.

Analysis

He’s probably only a Strong Safety at the next level and if he’s asked to play shallow coverage and in the box he could be very successful. Just don’t ask him to stay deep and try to read the QB’s eyes. He’s very physical and likes to be around the action a lot. Because of his experience and size with decent athletic ability, he should be a mid round pick and probably contribute on special teams for his first few seasons.

Experience

Stewart is a three year starter at South Carolina.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Unknown major at South Carolina.

Injuries

No history of injuries.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 58 40 18 0 1 0 0
2008 64 45 19 2 2 0 0
2007 68 53 15 0 2 2 0
2006 7 4 3 0 0 0 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.