2007 Draft Recap: Daren Stone

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Daren Stone

Height: 6-3
August 21, 1985
Hometown: Lockport, NY


40 Speed: 4.47
20 Yd: 2.54
10 Yd: 1.51
Bench: 15 reps
Vertical Jump: 39.5 inches
Broad Jump:
Short Shuttle: 4.44
3 Cone Drill: 7.13
Arm Length:
34 inches
Hand size: 9.75 inches

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by Scott WrightStrengths: Has excellent size and a big, solid frame…Outstanding leaper…Very athletic…An excellent tackler…Strong and physical…Decent ball skills…Intense and plays with a nasty demeanor…Good range…Has lots of special teams potential…Big upside.Weaknesses: Did not play against elite competition…Timed speed is only average…Does not have great instincts…He might be a bit of a ‘tweener…Has some minor character concerns…A workout warrior who does not always play up to his physical tools.Notes: Was born in Jamaica…May also project to linebacker depending on the team and scheme…Served one game suspensions twice during his college career…Sleeper and intriguing developmental guy…Nice measurables and definitely looks the part

Grade: Late Round / FA

by TFY Draft PreviewPOSITIVES: Strong, athletic defensive back best facing the action. Possesses a burst of closing speed, plays with a good degree of suddenness and a strong tackler who wraps up ball carriers. Diagnoses the action, quick in run support and intimidates anyone who comes near.NEGATIVES: Average lateral speed and does not show top sideline-to-sideline range. Struggles with his back to the ball and plays with very average fundamentals.ANALYSIS: An imposing figure in the secondary, Stone is a prototypical strong safety who must keep the action in front of him.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

GRADE: 3.23 – Practice Squad

by NFLDraftScout.comPositives: Long-limbed athlete with a well-defined, muscular upper body, tight waist and minimal body fat (four percent) … Bit high cut, but has good thickness in his thighs and calves and room on his frame to carry at least another 10-15 pounds for a possible move to linebacker, without having the additional bulk affect his overall quickness … Very physical open-field tackler with the range to make plays along the perimeter … Flashes good explosion behind his hits and is an efficient wrap-up tackler … Shows the sudden burst to close on plays in front of him and is very physical with tight ends and backs in press coverage, using his hands to effectively re-route … Tough athlete who plays with pain … Has loose hips, but because he is high-cut, he struggles some in transitioning out of his backpedal … Shows very good ball skills, reacting instantly on screens and does a good job of understanding route progressions and combinations, handling the switch-off flawlessly … Has the hip flexibility to get back in the play when he over-pursues and does a fine job of timing his leaps in jump ball battles … Has an explosive burst shooting the gaps and, though he wasn’t used often on the blitz until his senior year, he shows the ability to shed blocks and penetrate quickly to pressure the pocket … Has good rip, swim and spin moves to surprise a lethargic offensive lineman and generate good backside pursuit … Takes proper angles to the ball and greatly improved his tackling ability in 2006, keeping his head up, arms extended and pads low to wrap and secure … Has natural hands for the interception and gets great elevation to attack the ball at its highest point … Very smooth dropping off in the zone … Has an explosive closing burst and hip snap turning on the ball … Understands run defense schemes and can mirror receivers down field … Quick to recover and adjust when the ball is in flight … Times the pass perfectly and consistently gets in front of the receiver to try and get a piece of the ball … Comes up hard to fill the lanes in run support … Extends his hands properly going up for the interception … Can strike, jolt and wrap-up the opponent with force … Smooth switching off in the zone and frequently makes the big hits in one-on-one situations … Plays with a cornerback’s quickness and a linebacker’s aggression … Very rare to see him caught out of position, as he won’t be fooled by play-action or pump fakes … Has enough strength to split double teams when playing inside the box.Negatives: Can get overaggressive at times, which takes him out of the play … Has problems dealing with the underneath pass, allowing too much cushion on the receiver … Gets too high in his stance (high-cut) and, despite good hip rotation, he gets off balance in his backpedal and looks sloppy coming out of his breaks, taking soft angle cuts … Has made good improvement timing his leaps in 2006, but in the past, he would tend to jump too early, resulting in big catches for the opponent (see 2005 Hofstra game) … Can play cornerback in a pinch, but because of backpedal issues, he loses mirror with the opponent running deep routes … Efficient wrap-up tackler, but will revert to ankle biting or taking a side, allowing the ball carrier to side-step the hit … Must keep his pads down in transition, as he tends to round his breaks when he doesn’t … Struggled a bit in the classroom and needs several reps to digest the plays … Will play with pain, but his play is greatly affected when he is hurt … Sometimes gives too much cushion to slot receivers, giving up the play underneath … Twice suspended by the staff for academic issues … Hits with good power, but his weight room totals are marginal (295-pound bench).Compares To: Stuard Schweigert, Oakland — Stone is a big, physical tackler with experience at all secondary positions … Like Scheigert, he hits like a linebacker and has outstanding range … He’s a bit high-cut and this causes problems transitioning out of his breaks … He is best playing in the zone rather than in man coverage, as he might have good timed speed, but will lose mirror covering receivers deep … He has a good feel for the ball, but might struggle grasping a complicated playbook … He showed improvement in 2006, but while he generates pop on contact, he is still an ankle biter with inconsistent tackle technique.

Draft Ace
by Ryan McCrystalStrengths: Great size. Smart player, shows good field awareness. Excels in zone coverage. Decent athletic ability. Great ball skills.Weaknesses: Lacks ideal speed. Hasn’t played against top competition. Character is a minor concern; was suspended in 2004 for missing class.Comments: Stone is an experienced player that understands the game of football. He doesn’t appear to have much room to improve, mainly because he lacks the speed to ever be truly dominant. He could become a decent backup at the next level. He projects as a mid round draft pick.

Consensus Draft ServicesOverview: Daren Stone may be the best pro prospect in the A-10 available for the 2007 NFL draft. First-team all-Atlantic-10 performer who played in the East-West Shrine Game and did very well at his Combone workout and at the pro day.Strengths: Heady, explosive player with great measurables for the position. Outstanding vertical leap (40+”), broad jump (11’5″), and good speed. Classic run-stuffing, blitzing strong safety, who moves around well in coverage. Leader of a solid mid-level IAA defensive team. Tons of “upside” with this cat.Weaknesses: Not yet a great pass defender. Must be paired with a great pass-defending FS if he is to ever start at the next level. Does not make nearly enough plays in the passing game. Not a blazer. Needs to add strength, but certainly has the frame to do so.

Projection: With a great E-W Shrine Game week of practice,a solid Combine and even better pro day, Daren should go anywhere from round 4 to round 6.

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