Found March 23, 2014 on Ravens Football Machine:
The search by the Ravens to find a complement at Free Safety to Matt Elam's inherited spot at Strong Safety keeps coming... The featured safety of the day in Ravens Land is Darian Stewart... Stewart is a Spags hire... The Ravens have reached a one-year agreement with safety Darian Stewart....estimated contract worth $700,000 with $100,000 guaranteed. Stewart played for the St. Louis Rams for the past four years. He is scheduled to be in Baltimore on Sunday to take a physical. The 2010 undrafted player out of South Carolina started six of 13 games last season and notched 36 tackles, four passes defensed and one forced fumble. Stewart’s best season came in 2011 when he started 13 of 15 games, and showed a knack for making plays. He made 91 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception, which he returned for a 27-yard touchdown against Drew Brees and the Saints. Ravens Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach Steve Spagnuolo was the Rams' head coach that year and thus saw Stewart first-hand. Stewart, 25, was officially listed by the Rams as a strong safety, and measures in at 5-foot-11, 214 pounds. General Manager Ozzie Newsome said he wanted to add an athletic, playmaking safety to pair with last year’s first-round pick Matt Elam. Baltimore would like to move Elam to his natural strong safety position. Stewart will likely compete to be a starting safety, but the Ravens could still make more moves at the position via free agency or the draft. Naturally, I held my breath while waiting for the Ravens' biggest fan critic,  Mystigo-Dragon, to respond to this move.... His reaction came within minutes of the annoucement of the signing of Stewart: "So, we sign a SS to play FS or to back up Elam at SS?...I'm more comfortable with the moves made this off-season than last year's, but there's still some stuff that makes me scratch my head!" Well, here's how I see it.... Spags and Harbaugh know what they want in the overall profile of their defensive secondary.  And they are realistic--- today's game has evolved into more of a "Left Safety" and "Right Safety" situation.  It will be rare indeed to have a free safety dedicated solely to playing "centerfield" anymore in the AFC.  The Ravens are responding to the new reality and recruiting safeties who can interchange FS and SS and be flexible within the parameters of their assignments. So cast out your traditional views of how the safety positions are profiled, Ravens fans... Stewart played high school football at Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Stewart was a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com and was rated as the No. 35 safety in America and was on the Rivals.com Alabama top 25 2006 list. Stewart was selected as the Huntsville Times Super All-Metro Most Valuable Player as a senior and was named finalist for the 5A Back of the Year Award. He also was all-city and all-metro honoree in 2004 and 2005. Stewart enrolled at South Carolina in 2006 and saw action in 12 out of 13 games, both on defense and on special teams. He was a 2009 East-West Shrine Invitee. In 2008 he played in 13 games with 13 starts and made 64 tackles (46 solo), and had 2 sacks and 8 pass breakups and forced two fumbles while recovering two. He earned the Joe Morrison Award as the Defensive Player of the Spring. In 2007 he played in 12 games with10 starts. He made 68 tackles (56 solo) and three were for losses. He intercepted 2 passes and broke up 7, and recovered 2 fumbles and forced 2 fumbles. Stewart was considered one of the better safety prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft and was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams.   Career Stats more Season Team   Tackles Interceptions Fumbles   G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF 2013 St. Louis Rams 13 6 36 30 6 0.0 -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1   2012 St. Louis Rams 12 0 10 10 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0   2011 St. Louis Rams 15 13 84 67 17 3.0 0 11 1 27 27.0 27T 1 2   2010 St. Louis Rams 13 0 17 16 1 1.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0   TOTAL 147 123 24 4.0 0 18 1 27 -- 27 1 3 Stewart is a talented athlete who has been studying his trade. Obviously Spags believes in him and his ability to adapt to modulating conditions in the safety assignment.  Good for the Ravens--- they are definitely backing up any exploratory gamble they might take at the safety position in the 2014 Draft with a safe deposit box filled with proven veterans.  
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