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2016 NFL DRAFT

Ronald Darby, CB

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Oxon Hill, MD
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 193 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3051-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.382.561.5312 41 1/210'9"4.146.94
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---15 -10'07"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Carolina Panthers | #57
    The Panthers consistently bet heavy on unique traits and Darby has speed to burn.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #61
    With Greg Toler entering the final year of his contract, Darby projects as his replacement in 2016, giving the Colts depth in the meantime.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers | #22
    Their corner situation is a mess, and a lot of scouts are really talking up this kid.
  • No Analysis Available
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: While perhaps slightly shorter than preferred, Darby possesses a solid build with good overall weight distribution. Excellent timed speed that translates well to the field.

Has a low, quick backpedal and has fluid hips that allow him to turn and easily run with even explosive receivers. Doesn't rely on a jam at the line of scrimmage to slow receivers but will deliver one on occasion, showing a good, physical pop to disrupt timing with the quarterback. Good patience in off-coverage, showing the poise to allow receivers to commit to deep routes before turning to transition. Improved awareness in coverage, showing a quick burst to break on the ball and good hand-eye coordination to slap away passes.

Isn't the most physical corner in run support but showed improved grit in 2014. Willing to lower his shoulder into ball-carriers and is a generally reliable open-field tackler. An immediate standout at Florida State and steadily improved throughout his career. Could be just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Showed improved awareness in 2014 but remains a better athlete than football player at this time. Too often relies on his speed to cover receivers, losing technique by allowing receptions on underneath routes too often.

Some question as to his real physicality. Was more willing to lower a shoulder into ball-carriers but will do some standing around the pile and let teammates do the dirty work, on occasion. Only two interceptions in three seasons at Florida State.

Comes with some character red flags. Was part of the rape investigation involving teammate Jameis Winston and was placed under review by Florida State's Code of Conduct policy which initially accused Darby and another teammate of "conduct of a sexual nature that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment." None of the players were ultimately charged.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Like most of the players at Florida State, Darby signed with the Seminoles as a very highly regarded prep prospect, ranking as a consensus top 50 overall prospect by recruiting services. The fascination with Darby extended beyond just the football field and onto the track, where he was a member of the gold medal-winning USA medley relay at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France and not surprisingly won the 100-yard and 200-yard dashes to help Potomac High School win the state 3A track championship in Maryland.

Darby immediately proved a difference-maker with the Seminoles, playing in all 14 games as a true freshman and earning the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year award with 22 tackles and tying for the team-lead with eight pass breakups. He wasn't as flashy as a sophomore, registering just 14 tackles despite playing in all 14 games again (including nine starts) and intercepting two passes.

Darby recorded a career-high 43 tackles for the Seminoles in 2014 and broke up four passes. Shortly after Florida State's loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, he announced his intentions to enter the 2015 draft.

Scouts can check off a lot of boxes with Darby. He possesses extraordinary speed and proved with greater physicality in 2014 that he's not just a track guy in shoulder pads. Darby has also shown improved awareness and ball-skills throughout his career. He isn't as polished as some of the top corners in the 2015 class, but possesses a tantalizing upside that could warrant Day Two consideration.

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05/05/2015 - Bills finally make pick in second round...For the first time in recent memory, the Buffalo Bills entered an NFL Draft without a screaming need at any position. Having addressed so many key positions in free agency and the trade market, general manager Doug Whaley was able to set up his draft board and simply take the best player available. At No. 50, midway through the second round when the Bills finally were able to make a pick, the name on the board was that of Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby. The Bills certainly aren't devoid of quality corners as they have one who is outstanding in Stephon Gilmore and is now tied to the team at least through 2016.

They have Leodis McKelvin, inconsistent his entire seven years in Buffalo, but a decent player when he's on his game. And then in the sub packages, they can turn to players such as Nickell Robey, Corey Graham, Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell. Now Darby adds to the largesse. "He's physical, not only with the ballcarriers, but as a press guy, and (coach) Rex (Ryan) is a big press guy," said general manager Doug Whaley when discussing the merits of taking the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder. "He has physical attributes, height, weight, plays with speed. Not great production this year, but he also wasn't challenged much this year, and he can come in and learn behind some quality corners." - The Sports Xchange

 

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