Darrell Luter Jr. 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Finished third in the nation in passes defended (2021)
- Transferred from junior college to South Alabama (2020)
- Scheme tendencies: Starting outside corner in a zone-heavy scheme
- 2022 projected role: Starting outside corner.
Pros: Darrell Luter Jr. is a very productive small-school prospect who is firmly on NFL scouts’ radars. A JUCO transfer, Luter enjoyed a breakout season in 2021 where he was named conference defensive player of the year. He aligns outside and will often cover the team’s opposing No. 1 receiver. Luter offers excellent length and instincts. He has long arms and he uses them well to initiate contact through the stem to disrupt the timing of the receiver and quarterback. His length also is a weapon at the catch point where Luter has shown to be very effective—he had 10 pass breakups in 2021. Luter is a good overall athlete with fluid hips and quick feet. He flashes above-average cover quickness in man coverage. Luter displays very good eyes, instincts, and ball skills and is outstanding in zone coverage. He is an above-average tackler as well in the run game.
Cons: Darrell Luter Jr. is an overall very solid prospect but he lacks the top-end athleticism to get you excited. He is a good athlete overall, but against top-end competition, his athletic limitations will get exposed. He lacks the top-end speed to carry vertically against burners and his change of direction is a bit segmented when working back to the football.
Darrell Luter Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report by Brentley Weissman