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Darius Fleming

Darius Fleming - #45 - OLB-DE

Height: 6-1 1/2
Weight: 247
Speed: 4.58
Arm: 32 3/8
Hand: 9 1/2
Wingspan: 79
Birthdate: 07/19/1989
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Grade: 5.39

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
04/03/2012 Notre Dame Pro Day 6-1 1/2 247 9 1/2 32 3/8 79 4.58 11.58
02/29/2012 Combine 6-1 5/8 245 9 3/8 33 78 4.79 27 9'6" 33 1/2 4.32 7.06
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-1 3/8 250 9 1/2 32 1/2 77 5/8 4.65

 

Notes:

Won a state championship at Chicago Catholic League power St. Rita. Committed to then-head coach Charlie Weis and the Fighting Irish and recorded 24 tackles and 21⁄2 for loss (all sacks) in 13 games (three starts at outside linebacker) in 2008. Started 7-of-11 games in ’09 — five at defensive end, two at the “Sam” LB spot — and posted 30-12-3 with one forced fumble. Did not play against Washington (hamstring). Started all 13 games at OLB in N.D.’s 3-4 scheme in ’10, when he produced 49-11-6 with four pass breakups and one interception. In ’11, he recorded 55-7-3 1⁄2 with three pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble and one blocked kick in 13 starts — 12 starts at OLB and one at defensive tackle. Has had three surgeries on his left shoulder. Cramped during 40s at Combine.

Positives:

Quick off the snap. Flashes edge-rushing ability and closing burst. Good arm length and upper-body strength. Nice knee bend and lateral movement. Shows flexibility and body control to drop in zones. Good tackler. Disciplined. Has worked from a two- and three-point stance and played in even and odd fronts. Moved cleanly through bags in Combine drills. Outstanding personal and football character — smart and well respected.

Negatives:

Lacks ideal height. Shows some tightness in his hips. Needs to develop counter moves. Average base strength. Gets outmuscled or swallowed up at the point of attack — not a stack-and-shed anchor. Has man-cover limitations. Ordinary production and playmaking impact. Has had multiple shoulder surgeries and durability is a concern.

Summary:

Undersized, athletic, tweener with strong intangibles. Played hurt and did not dominate in college. Developmental prospect capable of becoming a better pro than college player if used properly in pass-rush specialist role.


Darius Fleming's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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