Vikings 2023 NFL draft scouting report: South Carolina CB Darius Rush

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Darius Rush

  • South Carolina

  • Height-6015

  • Weight-196 lbs

  • Fifth-year senior

  • Went to South Carolina as a wide receiver

  • 3-Star recruit per 247 Sports

  • Stats: 75 tackles, 61 solo, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 15 passes defended, 1 forced fumbles

  • Games watched: Texas A&M 2022, Kentucky 2022, Georgia 2022


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Rush won me over at the Senior Bowl this year. His ability to recover and intelligence of knowing where to be after he loses the rep. His athleticism and intelligence really accentuate that ability.

Another thing that helps Rush is his length. When he goes into recovery mode, his length helps him maximize his ball skills at the point of attack.

He is a very fluid athlete. Rush can flip his hips with ease and it makes a major difference in his recovery skills. He stays incredibly patient throughout the route and doesn’t panic when he gets beaten off the line of scrimmage.

His feet are smooth. It helps him stay in phase with the receivers and when his hips get flipped by the receiver, he is able to continue in phase. He also keeps his weight forward which also helps him explode forward quickly


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The biggest frustration with Rush is that he keeps losing early in the rep. In both man and zone coverage, Rush allows the receiver to get the upper hand. In press coverage, he is way too reactive and patient. In true press coverage, Rush doesn’t get physical enough in press and his punches lack a little bit of oomf.

In zone, I would like to see more awareness. He pays way too much attention to the wide receiver and could look back in the backfield to use his instincts to jump routes and make more plays on the ball.



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79.9/100 Third Round

Rush is one of my favorite prospects in this class. He needs work to develop the technical elements of his game, but what he does offer is enormous upside when you consider his ball skills and excellent fluidity.

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Story originally appeared on Vikings Wire