BIO: Two-year starter who posted 50/830/7 last season after 54/800/11 as a sophomore. Originally began his career at Florida State but released from his scholarship upon request after his twin brother Devaughn died in an offseason conditioning program at FSU in February of 2001.
POSITIVES: Nice-sized pass-catcher that displays the ability to control a game or break the contest wide open. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, displaying good techniques to get off jams by opponents, sells pass routes and displays quickness in or out of breaks. Tracks the ball well, adjusts to the throw then extends or lays out to make the reception. High-points the ball displaying the ability to contort in mid air for the difficult reception. Times the deep receptions well tracking the ball and displays a sense of wherewithal on the field. Solid playing speed.
NEGATIVES: Lacks the second gear or explosive acceleration. Seemingly lost focus last season and dropped a lot of catchable passes.
ANALYSIS: An athletic receiver with a combination of size, speed and quickness, Darling will be effective in a variety of offensive systems at the NFL level. Needs time to adjust and must learn to maintain focused throughout the ball game but should be productive during his rookie campaign.