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Prospect Profiles-S Darrell Stuckey (Kansas)


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5’11 205 pounds. 4.49 40 (3rd fastest for a safety behind only Taylor Mays and Earl Thoams). 17 reps. 39.5 inch vertical.

People questioned Stuckey’s athletic abilities, but with a great showing at the combine he has eased some of those concerns and raised his stock.


 Career: 294 tackles, 3 FF, 8 INT, 1 sack.

2009: 93 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 INT.

Big Games: 11 tackles vs Duke

vs Iowa State 14 tackles

@ Colorado 12 tackles 1 sack

vs Nebraska 11 tackles

vs 15 tackles.

Darrell Stuckey had some monster games in terms of tackles vs some teams this year, Nebraska being the best of the big games he had. Last season Stuckey had 97 tackles and 5  interceptions.


Scouting Reports

National Football Post

Scouting Report:
Darrell Stuckey: No. 25, SS, 5-11, 205

A well-built athlete who exhibits good run/pass recognition, Stuckey showcases a quick first step when attacking downhill. He’s patient when asked to string out plays on the outside and uses the sideline well as an extra defender. He is always trying to force turnovers and demonstrates a violent tomahawk chop from behind in pursuit. But he doesn’t exhibit ideal technique as a tackler and struggles getting into the bodies of ball carriers. He lacks ideal body control when closing on a play doesn’t consistently take proper angles toward the ball. He struggles when asked to take on blocks inside the box and is easily washed out of plays. He lacks ideal anticipation skills and doesn’t have that sixth sense needed to consistently make plays on the ball as a safety in the run game. Stuckey is a bit long-legged initially out of his drop but eventually gets his feet under him and can cleanly redirect out of his breaks.

He showcases above-average short-area quickness in coverage and has the ability to redirect laterally. But he struggles flipping his hips when asked to turn and run downfield and doesn’t possess much of a second gear to his game. He’s slow to recover and seems to play at one speed. He doesn’t have the type of closing range to consistently make plays on the ball at the next level. He doesn’t anticipate routes in the pass game and will allow receivers to run across his frame before reacting. He has an NFL-type frame but looks like nothing more than a backup spot starter in the NFL.

Grade: 5.8 5.8 Has a deficient area of his playing of physical skills that will be difficult to overcome but will contribute as a backup and spot player only.

CBS NFL Draft Scout

Stuckey’s hard-hitting play and quickness earned him respect among league coaches (named honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2007 and 2009, first-team all-conference pick in 2008) and NFL scouts.Stuckey did not make as many big plays — nor did the Jayhawks — in 2009. He led the team with 93 tackles but managed only three passes defended, as opposed to racking up 98 tackles, five interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2008. As a junior in 2007, he began his ascension into the Big 12 elite talent by starting all 13 games, making 72 tackles and intercepting two passes with five pass breakups.The versatile Stuckey can line up in the slot, in the box (where he’s best) and in the deep half. He has a chance to contribute quickly at the next level. And he’s been a strong contributor on special teams, both as a secure tackler on return units and as a kickoff returner (25.6-yard average on 14 returns in 2009). His athleticism and determination make him a possible top-75 selection as a strong safety.
Read & React: Reads the quarterback’s eyes, anticipates underneath throws and has the range to get to deep throws. Strong enough to strip the ball from a receiver’s hands to prevent completions. Reacts quickly and aggressively when coming up from the deep half or seeing the ball in trash.Man Coverage: Needs work staying with receivers in man coverage. Stays low in pedal, but is slow and choppy. Average height for a safety, and might struggle covering taller NFL tight ends man-to-man. Has enough arm length to reach across a receiver to knock a ball away without interfering.Zone Coverage: Attacks sideline patterns from the hash mark. Intimidator in the deep half who will throw a big shoulder or pound and wrap receivers over the middle. Uses his hands to avoid or get off tight end and lineman blocks in trash. Will make quarterbacks pay for bird-dogging or overthrowing receivers by reading the throw and making the tough catch. Loses the ball in his zone when playing in the second level.Closing/Recovery: Good closing speed to the ball, and accelerates into the receiver when playing deep. Takes the correct angle to make a play on the ball or prevent the big play after a catch. Has a good feel for the blitz, waits for an opening and comes downhill hard. Fast enough to recover if he takes a false step, but will miss tackles when he lowers his head.Run Support: Quickly fills holes against the run when used around the line of scrimmage. Flies through the line on stretch plays and around the tackle to get a hand on backs trying to find a lane. Usually around the pile to clean up tackles or push ballcarriers back to prevent the extra yard. Typically runs around blocks to the ball, but will throw his body into a lineman to stuff a gap.Tackling: Explosive tackler who will plant backs and receivers coming into his area. Attempts to strip the ball while wrapping up and will get his helmet on the ball. Not the biggest or strongest defender. Usually lowers his head when making open-field tackles. Somehow gets enough to bring ballcarriers down, but will also get run over and whiff against elusive NFL veterans.Intangibles: Excellent character and work ethic. Sets and leads the defense on the field and contributes to the community away from it. Will be a special teams leader on coverage and return units.


Big Board Rankings

 National Football Post 9th overall rated SS 8th rated Safety (overall S) 8th overall Safety

Where the Mocks Have him Falling

(Many Mocks NOT in the first two rounds)

Draft Board Insider Round 2 pick #43 Miami Dolphins

Nfl draft Round 4 pick # 106 Seattle

Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

 Darrell Stuckey is a good football player who is a better athlete than people think. Stuckey’s Value is ALL Over the board. There are many mock drafts which have falling well out of the first two rounds.  And there a few which have him anywhere in the second round.

It comes down to this: do you think Stuckey is an  exceptional N.F.L. Athlete. HE gets praise for being a smart player. He has great leadership qualities (they say) and he was fairly productive. Very productive in in sjunior year, not as much his senior year. All in all though through his college career he was productive.

Final Verdict  

Stuckey reminds me a lot of Jarius Byrd from last year…not in the way they play, but in the way they were forecasted for the draft. I saw a lot of fourth, fifth, sixth round projections for Jarius Byrd even though he was a big time play maker in college. But in the end he went in the second round to the Bills and was far more productive than people thought he would be.

I like Darrell Stuckey, but the question is when?

Is the 2nd round too high? Probably for what the Giants are looking for and for the value that can be had in THIS year’s draft.

Third round? Sufficient.

Fourth round? Run up to the podium.

You can never have to many hard working, good players who are natural leaders on your football team.

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ILB Micah Johnson

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OT Bryan Baluga

OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

DT Brian Price

ILB Brandon Spikes

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RB C.J. Spiller

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One Response to “Prospect Profiles-S Darrell Stuckey (Kansas)”

  1. Hilton says:

    good player!
    in the picture he already look likes a giant!

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