Daryl is a smart linebacker who does a very good job in playing his responsibilities and displays strong leadership skills by his play on the field. He's a good solid tackler who will take on those big offensive lineman, shed them and make the tackle. He has strength and does a nice job playing within the scheme of the defense. Daryl is a solid LB who can make the big plays if he is put into the right situation. In the right defensive system and as he gains experience, Daryl has enough athletic talent to become a core player for the team that drafts him.
NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Daryl lacks the change of direction skills and lateral agility to be a top flight LB who can play in any style defense. He has a lot of problems tackling in space when screens and sweeps are run to his side. He misses a lot of tackles in the open field. This limits him to playing as a ILB in a 3-4 defense, but Daryl has good potential to play in this type of system at the next level.
Daryl is smart; he understands gap control and, as a ILB in a 3-4 defense, he should be a pretty good player. His lack of ability to wrap up an opponent in the open field is a problem and something that he needs to work on. Daryl can be used to rush the passer, but his lack of ability to change direction will be a problem also. With experience, he can mask these problems. He takes good angles and has decent speed; as long as the play is in front of him, he can cover. Daryl's greatest strength on the field is his football intelligence, which is what will help him to be successful at the next level.
Drew Boylhart 12/09