Chargers Draft Pick: Darrell Stuckey
Pass Coverage: Is a presence in zone coverage and uses his hitting ability to keep receivers out of his zone. Covers a lot of ground when the ball is in the air. In man, Stuckey has some trouble staying with his man. Needs to have his man technique refined. Gets too high in his backpedal and takes false steps on his turn. Doesn’t have the foot quickness to stay with shifty receiver. Has shown good hands – intercepted eight passes in his career. Has above-average arm length for a player his size.
Run Support: Is quick to come up and support against the run. Shows good instincts to work through blockers and get after the ball. Although he’s not much of a gap plugger, Stuckey is stout against the run.
Size: Is a little short for a safety and can get in trouble when he’s covering taller wide receivers or tight ends. Has good bulk and won’t have to add a lot of strength. Above-average arm length and hand size.
Speed: Shows very good speed, especially in a straight line. Chases down a lot of ball carriers in the open field. Gets up to speed really fast. Closes with a good burst. Takes good pursuit angles. For what it’s worth, Stuckey returned kickoffs in 2009, averaging 25.6 yards on 14 returns.
Tackling: Ordinary as a tackler. Is more of a drag down tackler. Likes to lay out players, but too often misses. Needs to add more strength to become a stronger tackler.
Final word: Stuckey really arrived during his junior season when he had 98 tackles, seven pass breakups and five interceptions. He had somewhat of a down season in 2009.
Stuckey doesn’t have great athleticism or physical skill, but he’s a try-hard player. He can really pop a ball carrier and is solid in coverage.- mockingthedraft.com
Darrell Stuckey Scouting Report
- Has skill set to play either safety position
- Great speed, has very good range, can get from sideline-to-sideline quickly
- Great in run support, diagnoses plays quickly and gets great jumps on the play
- Good ball skills, 8 career interceptions, has good awareness, and is always around the ball
- Very good in zone coverage, gets good depth, and jumps on anything underneath
- Heavy hitter, drives through ball carrier, and hammers receivers who come over the middle
- Reads QB eyes well, jumps routes well
- Physical player, High football IQ, and good character
- Needs to improve technique in coverage, poor footwork, and gets too high in back pedal
- Over aggressive at times, takes too many false steps, and doesn’t always take the best angles
- Goes for the kill shot on tackles, misses a few too many
- A bit undersized
Darrell Stuckey is a very underrated prospect, could play either safety position at the next level, and is a difference maker in the secondary. Stuckey had a tremendous junior season in which he had 5 INT’s, 98 tackles, and 7 Passes Defended, but didn’t stand out nearly as much as a Senior because teams completely avoided him as the only good player on a terrible Kansas defense. Stuckey has very good ball skills, offers great support against the run, and will hammer anybody in sight. He has a good upside too, as just a few technical issues prevent him from being an elite safety prospect. Stuckey needs to improve his technique in coverage, he doesn’t have the best footwork, and he plays a bit high while in space, and tends to be over aggressive at times. Stuckey has the things that you cannot teach, but needs to be coached up a bit to reach his full potential. Stuckey should get picked somewhere in the 3rd round. – nfldraftgeek.com