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Orleans Darkwa

#26 Orleans Darkwa

DRAFT CLASS:  SR/2014

POSITION:  Running Back (RB)

SCHOOL:  Tulane

HEIGHT:  5-11   

WEIGHT:  212

40 Time:  4.46

STRENGTHS

  • He possesses good size…with a build that should be durable transitioning to the next level
  • He has moves of a smaller sized back…yet maintaining good leg strength…and the power to consistently run through tackles
  • With the ball in his hands he displays quick instinctive moves…and a north & south decisiveness to the hole as a runner
  • He runs with a natural lean to his running style…and frequently ending runs leaning forward after last contact
  • He excels running between the tackles…where he’s effective squaring up before contact…allowing him to gain additional yardage after contact
  • He is a powerful runner who is difficult to bring down with just an arm tackle…frequently breaking through those attempts on his way to gaining additional yardage

 

 

 

WEAKNESSES

  • Like to see more consistency keeping his feet after contact…keeping yards on the field
  • Though he has a good 40 time…once he breaks into the open it doesn’t always translate to the field
  • His effectiveness seems to diminish the wider he runs to the corners of the defense
  • Lacks ideal hips to consistently keep defenders off balance…allowing him to gain additional hidden yardage

 

 

 

 

PROJECTED ROUND

Undrafted Free Agent

 

 

 

MY VALUE BOARD

3rd Round (Mid)

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY

  • Darkwa is truly one of the hidden gems in the upcoming 2014 draft. His lack of national exposure has a great deal to do with his draft stock being down.
  • He possesses the skill to be a starter for a run oriented style of offense at the next level. Just have to keep expectations realistic for a most likely UDFA prospect

 

Profile by: (Ken Becks) @1stDown_Scout

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