Bills Select FSU CB Ronald Darby at Pick 50

The Buffalo Bills made their first pick of the 2015 NFL draft by selecting cornerback Ronald Darby of Florida State.

With the 50th pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills selected cornerback Ronald Darby of Florida State. Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly announced the pick for the Bills.

Darby allowed only 41.9 percent of passes thrown in his direction to be completed in 2014. The cornerback is known for his world class speed (4.38 40-yard dash) and has the ability to play in press or off-coverage. In Buffalo, Darby may get a redshirt season on defense but could contribute on special teams.

Darby joins a deep and talented cornerback group in Buffalo that includes Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, Ross Cockrell and Ron Brooks.

Shortly after the pick, Doug Whaley said the following on Ronald Darby’s playing style:

“Physical, not only with the ball, against ball carriers, and as a press guy. Rex is a big press guy. His physical attributes--height, weight, and obviously blazing speed. The production wasn’t that high this year but he also wasn’t challenged that much this year. So we think this guy’s got an upside and the benefit of coming in and learning behind some quality corners is going to help this guy.”

As for Darby, the cornerback said that he met with the Bills at the combine and talked a bit at his pro day. It didn’t seem like there was much contact between the two sides leading up to the draft.


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