Darius Slay
Darius Slay
28-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Detroit Lions
Questionable
Injury Contract Dispute
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Slay doesn't get enough credit for how well he played the past few years despite getting little help from the pass rush. While his 2018 campaign (43 tackles, 17 PBUs, three interceptions) was a slight statistical letdown from his 2017 season when he racked up 60 tackles, 26 PBUs and eight picks over 16 games, Slay still put up impressive numbers - and it wouldn't surprise anyone if he bounces back to his 2017 first-team All-Pro form in 2019 given the improvements Detroit made to other areas of its defense. Not only was $90 million defensive end Trey Flowers added to a defensive line that already included Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson, the Lions also beefed up a solid linebacking corps with the addition of third-round rookie Jahlani Tavai and also signed cornerback Justin Coleman to a lucrative to bolster the secondary. Add it all up, and the 28-year-old Slay once more checks in as one of the best bets for production at the cornerback position. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $48.15 million contract with the Lions in July of 2016.
Uncertain to report for training camp
CBDetroit Lions
Contract Dispute
June 13, 2019
Slay (contract dispute) is not certain to report for the start of training camp, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "We'll see. Time will tell," Slay said Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Both Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison earned $88,000 fines for skipping mandatory minicamp this week in search of new contracts. Slay, who is scheduled to make $12 million in 2018, could be fined as much as $40,000 per day of training camp if he doesn't report on time. The 2017 first-team All-Pro corner reportedly wants to be paid like a premier cornerback, presumably like Miami's Xavien Howard was in May. While Slay checks in at 13th in the league in terms of average annual salary among cornerbacks, his base salary in 2019 is second-most, so the Lions may not be as willing -- especially with multiple years left on Slay's deal.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Darius Slay's measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
192.00 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.90 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Finally recognized as one of the elite cornerbacks in the league, Slay was named an AP first-team All-Pro for a performance in 2017 that saw him rack up a league-leading 26 pass breakups - which is four more than the next closest player. Moreover, Slay's eight interceptions were tied for the league lead while his 55.6 quarterback rating allowed was sixth-lowest among all defensive backs. Racking up 60 tackles along the way, Slay ultimately turned in his first top-10 fantasy campaign among defensive backs. While it could be hard for him to reach these kinds of numbers again, Slay remains firmly on the IDP radar ahead of the 2018 campaign.
The Lions spent a second-round pick on another cornerback in this year's draft, but Slay remains atop the depth chart. Coming off a third straight season with at least two picks and 13 passes defensed, the ultra-consistent Ole Miss product possesses a high floor as an IDP prospect ahead of the 2017 season.
Slay has averaged 60 tackles, 15 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions during his two healthy seasons in Detroit. Last season, those numbers were just enough to finish as the 81st-ranked defensive back in IDP scoring. Barring an uptick in production, Slay will remain a better real-life cornerback than fantasy player, and is best left on the waiver wire.
The 2013 second-round pick took a big step forward in 2014, where he emerged as the team's top corner. While he picked off just two passes on the season, he got his hands on plenty more, ranking in the top 10 in the league with 17 passes defensed. He also chipped in 61 tackles. Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin made his rise in the league as a defensive-back guru and so Slay could see his stock continue to rise, especially if he is able to turn a few of his passes defensed into interceptions
Slay will backup the Lions' corners this season, but there will be some competition in camp after the Lions were mediocre against the pass last season.
Slay is one of the draft's elite athletes at any position, not to mention cornerback. Slay, however, was not especially polished at Mississippi State and wasn't as effective as several of the corners he was selected ahead of. He will likely compete with Bill Bentley to start opposite Chris Houston.
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Not expected to attend minicamp
CBDetroit Lions
June 3, 2019
Slay isn't expected to show up to the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday and believes he's deserving of a new contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Leads shutout in Green Bay
CBDetroit Lions
December 31, 2018
Slay recorded two tackles and one pass breakup during Sunday's season finale in Green Bay.
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Records first career pick-six
CBDetroit Lions
December 14, 2018
Slay recorded three tackles, three pass breakups and one pick-six during Sunday's victory over Arizona.
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Cleared for Week 14
CBDetroit Lions
December 9, 2018
Slay (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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On track to play
CBDetroit Lions
Ankle
December 9, 2018
Slay (ankle), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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