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Darius Slay | Cornerback

Team: Mississippi State Bulldogs
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 190

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Lions selected Mississippi State CB Darius Slay with the No. 36 overall pick.
Slay (6-0, 192) projects as a superior pro player to Johnthan Banks. A reserve in 2011 after transferring from JUCO, Slay broke out as a 2012 starter, pacing Mississippi State in interceptions (5) and tying Banks for the team lead in breakups (11). Slay's 2012 tape was physical and fluid, and he ran a scintillating 4.36 forty at the Combine with a 10-foot-4 broad jump. Slay should immediately contend for the starting job opposite Chris Houston in Detroit. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 06:55:00 PM

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Mississippi State CB Darius Slay says he won't need surgery on his torn meniscus.

Slay tore the meniscus in his knee in February but has worked out for two teams since the surgery. Those two teams are the Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers. In total, he's worked out for 16 teams and said only one has asked him for an extra MRI.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay tore the meniscus in his knee in February.

Slay has worked out since the injury, however, including with the Falcons last Friday. The "other" Mississippi State corner has been mentioned in the first-round discussion and could still be drafted ahead of teammate Johnthan Banks.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 09:46:00 AM

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay ranks as the 39th best prospect in the 2013 class, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Slay ranks just behind teammate Johnthan Banks. "The "other" cornerback from the Bulldogs' defense, Slay has the higher NFL upside than Banks with his natural athleticism and size," Brugler writes. He isn't alone in thinking Slay offers better long term potential than Banks.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 11:01:00 AM

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay is visiting the Lions on Tuesday.

Slay will be attending the Draft in place of Desmond Trufant. Teammate Johnthan Banks received more attention during his career, but some have coined Slay a a better prospect. A second day selection is almost certainly in his future.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay visited the Eagles last week.

NFL insider Adam Caplan says Slay could go as early as the second-round. Slay took a bit of a back seat to Johnthan Banks during his collegiate career, but many have said they prefer his higher ceiling. Expect to see a lot of prospects at the position be drafted during the second day.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Mississippi State CB Darius Slay "has a much higher ceiling" than teammate Johnthan Banks, according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah does note that "Banks is better today" and says a good fit for the long corner would be the Jaguars at No. 33. Gus Bradley likes his corners to press, and although Banks (and Slay) played a lot of cover three, he flashed well when getting physical at the line of scrimmage. Slay's evaluation has consistently risen throughout the draft process.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl says Mississippi State CB Darius Slay projects to the NFL better than teammate Johnthan Banks.

Slay "doesn't have the production/experience of Banks (has) but more upside," according to Weidl. The "other" Mississippi State corner put up better numbers at the Combine and more than held his own opposite Banks. We think both are in the top-50 range.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline believes it is "not out of the question" that Miss State CB Darius Slay gets selected before teammate Johnthan Banks.

Pauline says that Slay "significantly elevated" his draft stock at the Combine. We aren't exactly sure how, since his tape was already solid, but the fact that Pauline is hearing Slay could go ahead of Banks is telling. The latter measured in light and ran a slower than expected forty.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 11:51:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has moved Mississippi State's Darius Slay up three rounds in his latest projections, now listing the CB as a second- or third-rounder.

Slay was previously listed as a fifth- or sixth-round prospect but now is the No. 8 player at the position. The Mississippi State product was frequently overshadowed by Johnthan Banks, but Slay has plenty of talent to make an impact in the NFL.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 08:44:00 AM

NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word that Mississippi State CB Darius Slay is "flying up draft boards."

Pauline heard from "a number of scouts" at the Senior Bowl that they were disappointed Slay wasn't invited to Mobile. After transferring from JUCO, Slay spent his junior season with the Bulldogs as a nickel back and special teamer. He broke out as a senior starter opposite more heralded Johnthan Banks, leading Mississippi State with five interceptions and returning one to the house. Slay is a player to watch during next month's Scouting Combine.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:48:00 PM