Da’Norris Searcy is a strong safety. he could play free safety if he had to and he’s played nickel for them. He’s also returned for them as an emergency returner. He gives you a lot of versatility and he gives you some size. He’s a good athlete that can also be a good (special) teams player for you.
On the academic scandal that involved players at North Carolina:
Out of all the kids at North Carolina that were involved in the academic stuff, he was a kid, to put it bluntly, I probably shouldn’t say - he got screwed. He missed the first three games and they looked into and started checking academics and everything. There was something there they wanted to check they had questions about. They wouldn’t let him play until they got it solved. The problem was the professor was out of the country and they couldn’t get it taken care of until he got back. There was nothing to it, so he technically, of all the kids at North Carolina, got a raw deal. He shouldn’t have missed any games at all.
On him not being a part of the academic scandal:
They checked academics about a paper, and the way it turned out there was nothing to it. But they were reluctant to do anything until they got to the end of it. With the professor being out of the country, they couldn’t get to him until he got back and he missed three games as a result of it. He shouldn’t have missed any.
On him being labeled a strong safety:
The way you play safety now with the way offenses play, the offense can make your strong safety play free safety and make your free safety play strong safety. So as a result of it, he’s played both. If you had your ideal situation, he would be a strong safety.
On the importance of his versatility in the defensive backfield:
If offenses in college can make a strong safety play free safety, you can rest assured that the offenses in the pros can do that same thing and will do the same thing. I don’t know in this day and age that you can have a pure strong safety or a pure free safety. They’ve got to be able to do both. Usually they’re better at one than the other, but if they can’t do both they’re going to get exposed.
On his 40-yard dash time:
I think it was the low 4.5’s. I couldn’t swear it to you, but I think it was the mid to low 4.5’s. He’s got good feet, he’s got good hips and he plays fast. He’s a good-sized safety that can get in the box against the run. He’s a 225-pound safety.
On his bench press:
That can be deceiving, but he’s strong enough.