Darren Carrington Draft Profile

Darren Carrington draft profile


  • Tall, but runs with controlled strides that allow for effective change of speeds
  • Hands are natural and strong
  • Grabs it out in front of his body
  • Shows an ability to track the ball and adjust to off-target throws
  • Can climb the ladder and snatch it over top of cornerbacks
  • Understands hot routes
  • Not an aggressive run blocker, but big enough to stalk and mirror on the perimeter

Analysis: Darren Carrington is a finesse receiver with good size and natural pass-catching ability. He has the height scouts look for and is agile with that tall frame. His hands are strong and can haul in passes anywhere near his catch radius. Unlike some other receivers, he is not a ‘body-catcher’ and snares balls out of the air solely with his hands–something scouts love to see. After being kicked off the Oregon team, Carrington found his way to Utah where he played very well hauling in 70 catches for 908 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. He seems to have matured when he was kicked off the Oregon squad–but the real indicator will be when he is on his own in the NFL with some money in his pockets. Solid ball tracker and winner of 50-50 balls. Willing to do his part in the running game by stalk blocking with his body.


  • Press corners can disorient his routes with a good jam
  • Needs to play with more physicality
  • Raw route runner
  • Doesn’t always play fast
  • Maturity issues are well-documented
  • Suspended for the Ducks’ playoff run in 2015 and early portion of 2016 for a failed drug test
  • Kicked off the Oregon squad after being arrested for “driving under the influence of intoxicants” in July of 2017

Analysis: No one questions Darren Carrington’s athletic ability or prowess on the football field, but he has had his fair share of trouble in the past.  The questions scouts have–will it stay in the past? Carrington could have left for the NFL following his junior season in 2016, but decided to return to school with a new head coach (Willie Taggart) and talented young quarterback in Justin Hebert. The spring game performance between Hebert and Carrington (three touchdowns) portended an outstanding season for the tall, lean receiver who relies on his length and strong hands rather than great speed. Unfortunately, a DUI arrest caused him to be dismissed from the team during the summer, so he moved on to Utah to play as a graduate transfer. He wound up being a second team All-Pac 12 performer and is back on NFL teams radar. He isn’t a great route runner, still learning the nuances of the position in that sense and will need to get with his position coach to really focus on his route tree. He struggles against press corners and it’s easy to see why–he has very little muscle mass on his body and can be pushed around by more powerful ball players. Motor is inconsistent.

What the scouts say: “He might get labeled by some teams as a troublemaker, but I feel pretty confident his issue has been immaturity because he’s not a bad guy. He’s got a chance to grow out of it and he started to do it this year. He’ll get drafted.” – AFC team regional scout

Size: 6’2 199lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Tyler Boyd

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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