Somehow, 49 players were selected in the 2015 NFL draft before Ronald Darby. The mistake of 31 other teams paid off for the Buffalo Bills in 2015. Not only was Darby among the best rookie cornerbacks in the NFL, he was among the best cornerbacks in the league, period.
Darby's play as a rookie didn't go unnoticed. On Friday, Darby was named to an All-Under-25 team on NFL.com. Elliot Harrison said the following about the cornerback:
The 2015 campaign was a down year for the Bills' defense, but not because of Darby. Marcus Peters deservedly took home the DROY hardware, but when you dive into the numbers, Darby is right there. He allowed fewer receptions, yards and touchdowns than Peters, while posting more tackles. What a second-round find.
Darby surpassed all expectations as a rookie in 2015. Rex Ryan's defense relies on having a No. 1 cornerback and it appears that Buffalo has two top notch corners entering the 2016 season.null