ArDarius Stewart attended high school outside of Birmingham, Alabama at Fultondale High School. Stewart played quarterback, running back and wide receiver during his time at Fultondale High School. According to NFL.com, Stewart received a 2nd round grade from the NFL draft advisory board, prompting Stewart to enter the draft to take care of his family and two children. Stewart can play multiple positions at a high level and is going to be an absolute weapon at the next level. Do you want your favorite team to select ArDarius Stewart?
No one told him to do it, but ArDarius Stewart doing push ups for dropping a pass at Alabama’s pro day. Respect. pic.twitter.com/F51WmXvb7N
— Clint Lamb (@ClintRLamb) March 8, 2017
Name: ArDarius Stewart
Class: Junior (RS)
Comparison: Pierre Garcon (San Francisco 49ers)
Draft Grade: 2nd Round
Route Running: Smart route runner who seemingly has the ability to find windows in defenses. Smooth release off the line of scrimmage allowing him to beat press or off coverage. Stewart possesses the short area quickness to run the short to intermediate routes and the long speed to keep defenses honest over the top. Although he can explode in and out of breaks, Stewart does have some stiffness in his hips.
Catching: Above average arm length for a 5’11 receiver and it shows up on tape. Stewart has a large catch radius for a receiver under 6 foot tall. Stewart catches everything away from his body with strong hands which has contributed to a high success rate against contested receptions.
Speed: Stewart has the short area burst and quickness to run every route in the book. Stewart is clean off the line of scrimmage and accelerates into top end speed at the blink of an eye. Stewart plays much faster than his stocky build would indicate, almost like an elite running back.
Effort: One of the best blockers in the entire class. Shows the willingness to block and contribute in all facets of an offense. Stewart is the jack of all trades when it comes to offense, he can run, catch and even throw the football. A NFL team is going to get an energetic Swiss army knife on offense.
RAC (Run after catch): Arguably the best RAC receiver in the entire class. He’s so good after the catch a team will have to find a way to get him extra touches each and every game (returner, screen game, running back, jet sweeps.) His strong and proportionate build allow him to bully opposing defensive backs. Stewart catches the football and immediately turns up field looking to gash opposing defense and cause damage.
Positives: RAC swiss army knife who can contribute in many different ways on offense and special teams. Uptempo, energetic football player who will leave it all on the field every single game. Fluid route runner who can draw attention to every level of the football field. Stewart is so good with the ball in his hands teams will want to manufacturer touches for him. Stewart is a WR2 from day one with the ability to develop into a premier WR1 for a NFL football team.
Negatives: Stewart missed three games this past season and one game due to violation of team rules. Like many college receivers, Stewart will need to continue to develop as a route runner. He won’t be able to beat NFL corner backs with just his physicality and athleticism.
Exposures: 2016: USC, Auburn, Miss State.