School: Florida State
Draft: Second round, 50th overall
Measureables: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Hometown: Oxon Hill, Md.
Career stats: 42 games played, 23 starts, 79 tackles (one for loss), two interceptions, 16 passes defensed.
Combine stats: 40: 4.38 seconds. Bench press: 12 reps. Vertical: 41.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 9 inches. 3-cone drill: 6.94 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.14 seconds.
At Florida State: Darby was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, appearing in 14 games and tying for the team lead with eight passes defensed. … In the Seminoles’ championship season of 2013, he allowed just nine completions and no touchdowns on 27 targets. ... The Seminoles finished No. 1 in the country in pass defense, allowing 156.6 yards per game. … In 2014, he was a third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. … For his career, he was targeted once every 10.1 snaps – the fewest of any cornerback in the draft.
Before Florida State: Rated the No. 2 cornerback in the country according to Rivals and the second-best prospect in Maryland coming out of Potomac High School. … Played six positions as a high school senior, including kicker. … Participated in Team USA’s gold-medal winning medley relay at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France.
How he fits the Bills: Darby figures to be a reserve as a rookie. The team has quality veteran depth at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, Corey Graham, Nickell Robey, Ron Brooks and Ross Cockrell. The selection of Darby, however, could mean the team moves Graham to safety. Long term, Darby figures to replace McKelvin in the starting lineup, unless the coaching staff determines he is best used in the slot.
They said it: “Physical. Not only with the ball, against ball carriers, and as a 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. … 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.” – Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley
He said it: “I couldn’t ask for much more. I’m just ready to get out there, develop more as a player, show whaI can do as a player, and just get better and make plays for the Bills.”
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