WR ArDarius Stewart, Alabama *

5’11” – 204 lbs. – 4.49

Worked into the offense in a reserve/rotational player as a freshman before taking over a starting job in 2015, a role he reprised last year before declaring for the draft. Lines up all over the field: will take snaps from the slot, outside, and even from the backfield in some shotgun formations. The team made a concerted effort to manufacture touches for him; is often fed the ball on jet sweeps, screens, short slants, and other routes of that nature, but also runs some routes downfield. Also returned some kicks for the Tide and was a gadget player on one snap during review (reverse pass.) Has a somewhat simple route tree at this point, but shows the ability to shake defenders on patterns which call for double-moves, such as whips or post/corner routes. Bigger, longer, and thicker than most players with his usage pattern, although he appears to have something of a linear build with narrow hips. Length (32.5” arms) and physicality should allow him to release versus press on the outside. Hand size measured bigger than usual for his height at the Combine, and only dropped a couple of passes during the games reviewed. Galloping runner with the speed to threaten defenses downfield and hit home runs when he’s in open space. Some of his deep production came on open passes, such as deep outs cleared by teammates or busted coverages. Plays the game with a very aggressive, physical on-field demeanor; was suspended briefly last season for a personal conduct violation but has the type of competitiveness teams look for on the field. Doesn’t waste a lot of time getting upfield, with a downhill running style that he can use to punish defenders by lowering his shoulder into contact. Some ability to make defenders miss in the open field; can win with speed, finesse, or power. Willing blocker who doesn’t always stay upright or position himself effectively, but keeps his head on a swivel, works to reach defenders, and gets physical at the point of contact when asked to set up screens for his teammates or contribute in the run game. Came in a bit shorter than his listed height at the Combine, but tested well enough to likely secure a spot on the second day of the draft, where his speed, power, and versatility should make him an interesting gadget player at the least. Could potentially play either inside or outside.

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