Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 1/7/09: #2 Junior WR, #22/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: 1-2 in 2010 2008: All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention...Super Sleeper Team choice by The NFL Draft Report...Started twelve games at the "Z" receiver position, leading the team for the third consecutive year with 42 receptions for 609 yards (14.5 avg) and five touchdowns... Had seven of the 72 passes targeted to him deflected by the opposition, as he converted 8-of-15 third-down throws and registered 26 first downs receiving, including 20 receptions for at least 10 yards each (with ten for 20 yards or longer)...Fumbled for the only time during his career in his final game as a Terp, vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl...Had key catches that set up eight touchdown drives and one series that ended with a field goal...Finished fourth on the team with 202 yards and a touchdown on only fifteen carries, as his average of 13.5 yards per rushing attempt was tops in the ACC...Also recorded a solo tackle vs. Middle Tennessee State...Ranked ninth in the league in receiving yardage (50.75 ypg) and tenth in receptions (3.5 pg)....Also placed 20th in the conference with an average of 67.58 all-purpose yards per game...Heyward-Bey's 138 receptions rank third in school history behind Jermaine Lewis (193, 1992-95) and Geroy Simon (185, 1993-96)...His 2,089 yards receiving marked just the third time a Terrapin gained more than 2,000 yards in a career, joining Lewis (2,932 yards) and Simon (2,059)...Hauled in 13 of those passes for touchdowns, tying Guilian Gary (1998-2001) for third on the school all-time record list, topped by Lewis (21) and Greg Hill (18, 1982-84)...2007: 13 GP; 13 GS; Rush: 5-107-21.4-1; Rec: 51-786-15.4-3; 1 Sol-1 TT; An honorable mention All-America choice at wide receiver by Pro Football Weekly ... led the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (786) ... ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards ...2006: 13 GP; 10 GS; Rush: 5-5-1-0; Rec: 45-694-15.4-5; Emerged as one of the top young players in the ACC, earning a number of postseason honors, including first-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... 2005: Redshirt season.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/7 - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, 6-2, 210, Maryland...The most controversial of the top 10 selections, Heyward-Bey's straight-line speed is unquestioned but his hands have been suspect. In theory, Heyward-Bey is the deep threat, Johnnie Lee Higgins the run-and-catch receiver and Chaz Schilens the tall target in the middle area among wide receivers. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout *Darrius Heyward-Bey News
04/02/13 - The Indianapolis Colts signed former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a contract, the team announced Monday.
Heyward-Bey, a free agent, agreed to a one-year deal that's worth up to $3 million and includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, NFL.com reported, based on information from sources.
"We feel great about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey," general manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement released by the team. "He's big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He's got elite finishing speed that's as good as there is in the NFL.
"With this staff, this team and overall culture we're building here in Indy, we felt strongly that he was the right player and person at the wide receiver position for us moving forward."
Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, is likely to be a starter opposite Reggie Wayne.
He had 41 receptions for 606 yards and five touchdowns for Oakland last year.
03/26/13 - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is visiting the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night and Tuesday, according to the team's website.
Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Raiders, had 41 receptions for 606 yards with five touchdowns last year for Oakland.
03/13/13 - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and DB Michael Huff were released by the Raiders Tuesday. Neither met expectations, and the team deprived of draft picks was unable to create a trade market for either player.
Heyward-Bey was fifth on the team in receptions last season. The speedster ran a 4.3 40-yard dash before the 2009 draft and was selected seventh overall. He turned 26 in February and could be attractive as a bargain buy in free agency because of his deep speed.
Heyward-Bey started 53 games in four seasons with the Raiders. He had 140 receptions for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns.
12/31/12 - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey saw his production drop from 64 receptions to 41 and from 975 yards to 606 in 2012.
12/21/12 - WR Darrius Heyward-Bey caught no passes against the Chiefs -- the third time this season he has been shut out.