With just three seasons under his belt, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay is already being talked about as one of the better up and coming cornerbacks in the NFL. USA Today’s sports blog For The Win revealed their top ten corners list, and Slay came in at No. 10.
The list was based almost solely on film study from the 2015 season as statistics and reputation played a small role.
USA Today writer Steven Ruiz pointed out that while Slay does have elite athleticism, his technique is sloppy at times. He also said the former 2nd round pick struggles without safety help over the top, but in time could develop into a Patrick Peterson type of player once his technique improves.
Slay struggled during his rookie season in 2013, starting just four games, before breaking out the next season as the Lions starting corner on one of the league’s best defenses. The Mississippi State product had another solid season in 2015 with 59 total tackles, 13 passes defended and two interceptions.
The aforementioned Peterson topped the list followed by Seattle’s Richard Sherman, San Diego’s Jason Verrett, Denver’s Chris Harris Jr., and New England’s Super Bowl hero from a couple years ago, Malcom Butler.
Darrelle Revis, Josh Norman, Desmond Trufant and Aqib Talib were also ranked ahead of Slay.