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The Future 40, Prospect 3: Darrell Stuckey Scouting Report

February 5, 2010

In case you missed it (I sure hope not, since this is the third part), an article was released a few days ago previewing what would be a new series here at Bleed Green called The Future 40, and the new edition is here! The segment will run every other day for the next 2 months as we provide you with in-depth scouting reports of some 2010 NFL Draft prospects, giving you information key to understanding some of the players’ strengths, weaknesses, projected round of selection, possibility of being picked by the Eagles, and much more! And because the Draft is an important event for the entire league, some of the top-ranked players not expected to go to Philadelphia will also be reported on. In the first look at a prospect, we evaluated Nebraska’s DT Ndamukong Suh, who many consider to be the best player in the entire rookie class. In the second, we examined powerful RB Jonathan Dwyer. In addition to a slight change in the format of the prospect report, we will go back to the defense and eye up one of the less talked-about players this time around, who happens to be the third of The Future 40…Darrell Stuckey:

  • Prospect Name: Darrell Stuckey
  • Position: Strong Safety
  • College: Kansas
  • Height/Weight: 6’1″, 205 pounds
  • Age: 22 years
  • Class Status: Senior

Summary: Given the redshirt tag as soon as he was brought in from Washington High School, Stuckey is one of the underrated defensive backs eligible for this coming Draft. With big names at the Safety positions, like Eric Berry and Taylor Mays, his production and potential have been quieted a bit over the last few weeks. Once Stuckey began his collegiate playing career with Kansas, he almost immediately earned trust from his coaching staff for his wise decisions as a back-end defender. If not for an injury early in his first campaign, he might have been able to complete an entire 4-year span of successful seasons. Nevertheless, he returned from his pain with a few games left to play and started with efficiency. He got his first full-season action the following year, when he began and ended the season as the Jayhawks’ leading Strong Safety, helping to create 4 turnovers and averaging at least 5 tackles in 7 of the last 9 games. 2008, the year of Stuckey’s junior season, was undoubtedly the best for the physical Safety. Starting all of the team’s games for the second consecutive season, he began to receive national attention with a team-high 97 tackles and 5 interceptions. Despite not having as good a year as ’08 in this past season, he once again put up respectable numbers, taking down ball-carriers for a total of 93 tackles while grabbing his first career sack and displaying his tremendous ability to fill the role of a hard-hitting Safety. Overall, he is not the best play-maker among the 2010 defensive back prospects, but he has the potential to be worth a mid- to late-round pick.

Career Statistics:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SACK
STFY FF BK INT YDS AVG LNG TD PD
2006 32 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
2007 72 36 36 0 0 0 0 2 38 19.0 38 0 0
2008 97 60 37 0 0 2 0 5 33 6.6 19 0 0
2009 93 59 34 1 0 1 0 1 0 0.0 0 0 0

Notable Achievements/Awards:

  • All-Big-12 Honors (2008)
  • All-Big-12 Honors: Honorable Mention (2007)
  • Semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award (2009)
  • Candidate for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award (2009)

Strengths:

  • Is a reliable open-field tackler
  • Has very good range in terms of pass coverage skills
  • Decent hands allow for potentially high total of interceptions
  • An excellent option for zone coverage schemes
  • Recovers well from a mistake/can often rebound and chase ball-carrier if he initially misses on a tackle or deflection
  • Acts as a leader on and off the field with great sense of character
  • Has very strong arms, which have proven capable of forcing fumbles
  • Has a lot of determination and is willing to take on smaller roles, such as on special teams
  • Reads opposing Quarterbacks’ decisions and times and anticipates plays at a quality level

Weaknesses:

  • Lacks the ideal size for an NFL player at his position
  • Struggles to escape once entangled with an offensive blocker
  • Does not consistently cover receivers when matched up individually
  • Tends to allow pass completions to taller Wide Receivers who have an advantage over him
  • Can miss tackles in the backfield when he attempts to lower his head
  • Because of his size, may be avoided or eluded by bigger, faster runners and receivers in the NFL

Projected Round of Selection: 4-5

NFL Player Comparison: Gibril Wilson, Miami Dolphins

We hope that everyone enjoyed the third report for The Future 40 prospect segment, and urge you to keep checking back for more scouting analysis as the series continues all the way up until the Draft! Also, remember that we will happily take and consider requests from our fans for this series! If you or another Eagle fanatic is interested in seeing a certain player be evaluated in The Future 40, be sure to contact us as soon as possible, and we will attempt to include your selected prospect!

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