Ronald Darby had an outstanding rookie season. In 2015, the cornerback played like a seasoned vet and registered 68 total tackles, 21 passes defensed, and two interceptions in 15 starts. The Buffalo Bills drafted Darby with the 50th overall pick which was viewed as an absolute steal across the league.
Based on Rex Ryan's comments on Tuesday, the Bills may have already found another gem at cornerback and this rookie wasn't selected until pick 218. Rookie Kevon Seymour has impressed Ryan and on Tuesday the cornerback was taking first team reps. How good has Seymour been early on with the Bills? Ryan compared the former USC Trojan to Darby.
“He’s already elevated himself kind of like we saw immediately with Ronald Darby,” said Ryan. “We knew Darby had a chance to really be special. I’m not going to put him in that class yet, but we’re close. So we bumped him up to the first team today and he’s done a great job. A size, speed guy. Our scouts did a great job of seeing him and then Tim McDonald and Dennis Thurman saw him at his pro day and they were raving about him as well. It was a collaborative effort with our scouts. They found this guy and did a great job. This kid looks like the real deal. We’ll see. We threw him out there with the ones and he certainly looks the part right now.”
Sixth round picks aren't locks to make a team's 53-man roster, but Seymour is making the most of his opportunity early. If he continues his strong play through OTAs and training camp, not only will Seymour be a lock for the roster, but he could play a big role in his rookie season at cornerback.
Seymour was also a special teams standout at USC and registered 19 special teams tackles from 2013-2015.
UPDATE: Darby chimed in on the comparison.
Seymour also showed he's humble by saying he has a lot of work to do to be compared to Darby