Who is Darius Heyward-Bey?

First watch this highlight reel and take special note of the routes DHB runs.

If you listen to KC Joyner aka The Football Scientist, you would realize what a hack he is. He said on ESPN radio the other night, that he broke down 3.5 tapes of DHB, only to find that he ran so few routes other than the 9 route, that he didn’t see the point of going further in his analysis.

If you didn’t know, the 9 route is the generally known as the fly route. Straight downfield. The truth is, he didn’t look at DHBs routes, because anyone with an little football knowledge can see that he ran 3-5 other routes just in this small highlight reel. If you broke down game film, I am sure he ran plenty more routes, common logic would say that he did. If he didn’t and this highlight reel has at least a few other routes, then one must conclude he was massively misused at Maryland.

Commenting about Darius Heyward-Bey’s route running, is tough. There isn’t much information about it around.
The above is a highlight reel, so it is tough to take too much from it, but it seems like he does a solid job finding soft spots in zone coverage or at least he did a couple times in this video.

A few nice catches in this video as well, but I plan to tackle his hands in another post.

Here are some Darius Heyward-Bey Articles. I’ll be posting anything I find interesting for your enjoyment.

Interesting quotes from other scouts.
Great interview
I have no idea how valid this one is.
This scouting report is pretty interesting
NFL Network Interview
Combine Video With Catching Drill
Another Interview
Another Scouting Report

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