For a guy coming off of hernia surgery, it appears as if Kenneth Darby has the weight of the Tide's running game on his shoulders. And if fall camp was an indication of things to come, Darby is ready to handle it. The question is: How much will he be counted on early in the season? Somewhere in the...[details]
Pros: He is powerful, quick tackle that was a difference maker during his senior season. He received double team blocking often and was still able to make big plays while allowing other defenders to run to the ball and finish plays. He has good functional strength that he is just beginning to learn to use. He is quick for his size and can be very disruptive against the run where he eats up blockers and keeps the backers clean to chase runners. Cons: His motor was inconsistent earlier in his career and he will have to maintain intensity if he ever expects to challenge for a starting job as a pro. His overall conditioning is also a concern, though he improved over his late career. While he is a strong presence on the inside of a defense, he is still raw as a pass rusher and gets wired to blockers easily after his initial charge is contained. Numbers: As a senior, he made 34 tackles, adding 7.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. As a junior, he played in nine games with five starts and posted 17 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss. Skinny: A late-round pick with the ability and physical talent to have a pro career if he commits to conditioning. He is the type of defender that coordinators will most likely substitute for on passing downs until he develops better additional moves.
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