Ronald Darby was one of the biggest steals in the 2015 draft. Falling to pick 50, the Buffalo Bills rookie emerged as one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL last season. In 15 games, Darby registered 68 total tackles, 21 passes defensed, and two interceptions. In 2016, Darby will look to build off of his strong rookie season and Kevin Patra of NFL.com sees Darby as a player who will be "making the leap" in 2016.
When it comes to 2016 expectations, Patra said, "Darby was the bright spot on a disappointing Bills defense in 2015. Imagine what he might do if Buffalo generates an actual pass rush in 2016."
"I expect quarterbacks to start looking elsewhere to throw the ball," Patra stated, "negating some of Darby's chances to make plays. His passes defensed totals (he had 21 in 2015, fifth-most in the NFL) could take a dip, but his impact will take a leap. Darby should be touted as one of the next up-and-comers at corner and could earn his first Pro Bowl nod. He and Gilmore also will push for the honor of top corner tandem in the NFL by the year's end."
Patra's entire article breaks down Darby's entire season and features a terrific video of the cornerback keeping Odell Beckham Jr. in check. You can read Patra's entire piece here: Making the Leap: CB Ronald Darbynull