Darius Slay
CB #23
Mississippi State

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Career Stats
TOTAL 41 33 8 0.0 0 8 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 DET 2 2 7 6 1 0.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 DET 13 4 34 27 7 0.0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
1 NYG W 35-14 3 3 0 -- -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 @CAR L 7-24 4 3 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Second-year cornerback who has seen valuable time at right CB while bringing elite athleticism, speed and length to the back end of the Lions defensive unit.


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Second-year cornerback who has seen valuable time at right CB while bringing elite athleticism, speed and length to the back end of the Lions defensive unit.

2013: Played in 13 games (four starts) in his rookie season, totaling 31 tackles (25 solo), six pass defenses and three special teams tackles.

  • Started in rookie debut for the Lions, recorded four solo tackles and one pass defense in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Started second consecutive game in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Tied for second on the team in tackles with seven (six solo) and posted one pass defense in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Saw action on special teams in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Recorded four tackles (two solo) and one special teams tackle in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13).
  • Posted five tackles (four solo) in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Registered one solo tackle and one special teams tackle in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Posted two solo tackles in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Assisted on a tackle in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Assisted on a tackle and assisted on a special teams tackle in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Started at left cornerback in place of injured CB Chris Houston in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28) and posted two solo tackles and three pass defenses.
  • Had four solo tackles and one pass defense in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

In two seasons at Mississippi State, played in 26 games, starting 13 contests at cornerback. Finished his career as a Bulldog with 63 tackles (40 solo), including two tackles for loss, 10 pass defenses, six interceptions (173 yards and two touchdowns) and one fumble recovery

  • His two interceptions returned for scores are one shy of the school career-record of three that is shared by Johnthan Banks (2009-12), Derek Pegues (2005-2008) and Corey Broomfield (2009-Present).
  • Turned in the top performance among defensive backs in the 40-yard dash in the 2013 NFL Combine with a 4.36.

2012: Named an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly and received All-Southeastern Conference second-team accolades from the league’s coaches, Phil Steele and The NFL Draft Report.

  • Started all 13 games at cornerback, recording five interceptions and tying for seventh on the school season-record chart as he returned those interceptions for a total of 101 yards. Also finished the season with 40 tackles (24 solo) and six pass defenses.
  • In his first start as a Bulldog, picked off a pass and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and blocked a kick vs. Jackson State.
  • Set up a touchdown drive after returning an interception 31 yards vs. Auburn.
  • Recorded six tackles at Kentucky.
  • Had four tackles for loss against Tennessee, Texas A&M and LSU, respectively.
  • Intercepted Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson and returned it 15 yards.

2011: Joined Mississippi State program and saw action in all 13 games as a junior secondary reserve. Finished the season with 23 tackles (16 solo), four pass defenses and one interception.

  • Collected three tackles in his Bulldog debut at Memphis.
  • Played his best game of the season at Georgia, notching three tackles, one forced fumble and one interception return for a touchdown (72 yards). His interception return was the 10th-longest pick-six in school history.
  • Totaled six tackles and a pass break-up in the homecoming win vs. Tennessee-Martin.
  • Registered two tackles and two pass defenses in a win over rival Ole Miss.

Attended Brunswick (Ga.) High School, where he was an All-State selection as both a defensive back and running back, earning defensive honors from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and offensive accolades from the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a senior.

  • Was an All-State honorable mention as a sophomore, rushing for 1,127 yards on 142 rushes with 13 touchdowns that season.
  • Also lettered in basketball and was a standout sprinter, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
  • General Studies major.
  • Resides in Brunswick, Georgia.


  • Tackles: 7 vs. Chi 9/29/13
  • Pass Defenses: 3 vs. GB 11/28/13

Recent Articles

  • O’HARA: Darius Slay ready for Manziel mania at Ford Field

    By Mike O'Hara - Posted Aug 7, 2014

    Darius Slay is expecting to take a big step forward at cornerback from his rookie season with the Lions, and he sees no better environment to test his progress in than against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field on Saturday night in one of the NFL’s most hyped preseason game of the year.

  • Talking with Tirico: How to win the NFC North

    By Mike O'Hara - Posted Aug 7, 2014

    Mike Tirico’s formula for the Lions to win the NFC North and host a home playoff game includes a player and his position group stepping up, and for the entire team to get over a stumbling block that has tripped them up for almost a quarter century.

  • O'HARA: Slay shows comfort level in second year

    By Mike O'Hara - Posted Jun 23, 2014

    After a rookie season that had more downs than ups, cornerback Darius Slay showed a striking improvement in workouts and minicamps.

  • Lions relying on Darius Slay to be their guy

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted Jun 16, 2014

    After releasing cornerback Chris Houston, the Lions are hoping that Darius Slay's good offseason performance will continue to trend forward into training camp and the regular season.

  • Darius Slay, Lions embracing new defense

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted May 21, 2014

    There was definitely a different enthusiasm level with the Lions defense during the first OTA practice open to the media on Wednesday.

Recent Videos

  • Slay on Packers

    Posted Sep 15, 2014

    Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay talks about the challenge of defending the Green Bay Packers' passing attack.

  • 1 on 1 with Darius Slay

    Posted Sep 6, 2014

    Tori Petry talks with Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay about getting ready for Monday's opener.

  • Slay on Caldwell, championship foundation

    Posted Sep 4, 2014

    Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay talks about the trust coach Jim Caldwell has in his team, a championship mindset and the mismatch that Eric Ebron will provide on the field.

  • Darius Slay on injury scare

    Posted Aug 4, 2014

    Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay talks about today's injury scare and provides an update after the team's practice.

  • Darius Slay on Rashean Mathis

    Posted Jul 31, 2014

    Darius Slay talks about the bond he's formed with teammate Rashean Mathis.