ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — After sitting on the sidelines during Thursday’s first round, the Bills finally got their chance to add to the roster on Friday, drafting Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby with the 50th overall pick in the second round.
Darby, a junior, is the former ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. The 5-11, 195 pound cornerback was targeted just once every 10.1 snaps last season, which was the fewest of any cornerback in this year’s draft class.
“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,” said Whaley.
“I just want to come in, learn, get in where I fit in really. Just go out there and compete. I’m no big trash talker. I’m not a guy to walk around, act like I’m the man and this and that. I know my place and I know what’s expected of me or what need to be expected of me so I’m just ready to come in and compete,” said Darby.
Darby had a couple minor off-the-field incidents at Florida State. He reportedly refused to testify in the Jameis Winston code-of-conduct hearing, but was cleared of any wrong-doing. He was also a passenger in a car that was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run, but no charges came of that.
With few glaring holes going into the draft, Bills GM Doug Whaley had said the team had the ability to go for the best player available, instead of drafting strictly for positional need – and the Bills have plenty of depth at corner now.
The Buffalo Bills hold six picks in the 2015 draft, but did not have a first rounder after trading that pick to Cleveland in last year’s draft-day trade to pick WR Sammy Watkins.