Darius Slay was not one of the most trumpeted cornerbacks at the combine.
He was not even the most trumpeted cornerbacks at the combine from his own school, Mississippi State.
That honor went to Johnthan Banks, who started 45-of-51 games and had 16 interceptions.
A least one analyst who watched film of Banks noticed Slay.
“I tell you what’s interesting, I like that other corner too, Darius Slay,” said the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock on a pre-combine conference call. “I put the tape on to watch Banks, who plays in the boundary for the most part, and my eye kept going to the other kid (Slay), and I liked him a lot.
“I think (Slay is) a guy that’s a third‑ our fourth‑round player. And I think he’s opened some eyes.”
Cornerbacks got their day Tuesday in the 40-yard dash, and Slay topped his cornerback counterparts with 4.36 timing. Alabama’s Dee Milliner, a talent who should be taken near the start of the draft, clocked in a 4.37. Washington’s Desmond Trufant timed third at 4.39. Banks was timed at 4.61.
Slay took a career path to Starkville similar to the Colts’ Vick Ballard. Ballard played two years of junior college ball before starring at Mississippi State for his final two seasons.
Ballard was a fifth-round pick by the Colts last year, the 170th selection overall.
Slay played 26 games for the Bulldogs after two seasons at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College. At 6-0, 191, Slay was a full-season starter in 2012, swiping five passes and recovering one fumble.
His interceptions led the nation’s premier conference and tied for ninth nationally. In two seasons at State, Slay had six interceptions and broke up 10 passes.
This past year, he came in for all-conference notice by Pro Football Weekly, the SEC coaches and Phil Steele.
Slay chose Mississippi State over offers from Kentucky, Georgia and Oklahoma State.
Indianapolis has been a proving ground for Ballard. Now, Slay leaves Indy as the top ‘Dog.
Tags: Darius Slay, Dee Milliner, Desmond Trufant, Johnthan Banks, NFL Combine, vick ballard
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