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Ronald Darby was predicted to 'nudge' Stephon Gilmore out of the No. 1 CB job.

Bucky Brooks thinks that Ronald Darby takes over as Buffalo's top cornerback in 2016.

Few players from the 2015 draft class had a better rookie year than Ronald Darby. The 50th overall pick of the 2015 draft came to the Buffalo Bills and started out of the gate with the team. Not only did Darby start for Buffalo, but he was one of the league's better cornerbacks. In his first season, Darby had 21 passes defensed, tied for fifth most in the NFL, and two interceptions. His strong coverage skills also helped him finish the 2015 season as Pro Football Focus' No. 4 cornerback.

To say Darby had a good rookie season is an understatement, but Bucky Brooks of NFL.com is expecting even more from the cornerback in 2016. Brooks sees Darby taking the No. 1 cornerback job away from Stephon Gilmore.

Brooks said, "Marcus Peters was the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year, but there's a growing faction of NFL scouts who tout Darby as the top cover corner in their draft class. The feisty defender hounds receivers on the perimeter with a tenacity reminiscent of a junkyard dog, yet he is a cerebral playmaker with a high football IQ and outstanding instincts. Darby finished his rookie campaign with a pair of interceptions and 21 passes defensed. The football world should keep a close eye on him as he nudges Stephon Gilmore out of the Bills' CB1 role and emerges as a legitimate "shutdown" corner candidate."


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