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Ronald Darby

Ronald Darby
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Darby with the Buffalo Bills in 2015
No. 21 - Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-02) January 2, 1994 (age 25)
Oxon Hill, Maryland
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Potomac (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
College:Florida State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2019

Ronald Darby (born January 2, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State. Darby is also a world class sprinter, having won medals at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.

High school career

Darby attended Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, where he played as many as six different positions on offense, defense, and special teams. Excelling on defense, Darby was part of a Wolverines' secondary that also included Tavon Young, and which registered four shutouts and allowed just 82 points in 2011. Darby was a USA Today and Sports Illustrated High School All-American in 2011, and participated in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game. as a junior, rushed for 1,329 yards and 23 touchdowns, while tallying three interceptions and eight pass breakups on defense.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Darby, running a 4.37-second 40-yard dash, was ranked as the No. 2 cornerback prospect in his class, behind only Tracy Howard.[1] He chose Florida State over Notre Dame, Maryland, Clemson and Auburn.

Ronald Darby
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Youth Championships
Gold medal - first place Medley relay
Bronze medal - third place 200 m

Darby won a bronze medal in the 200 m at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.[2][3] He also finished fourth in the 100 m.[4] Along with Aldrich Bailey, Najee Glass, and Arman Hall, he ran a World Youth Best in the meet's medley relay.

His personal bests are 6.77 seconds in the 60 meters, 10.41 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.05 seconds in the 200 meters.[5]

College career

As a true freshman at Florida State, Darby was part of a Florida State defense that led the ACC in points allowed (15.1 per game) and yards allowed (253.8). They ranked seventh in the FBS. Although exclusively a back-up to Xavier Rhodes and Nick Waisome, Darby registered 18 tackles and broke up seven passes in 2012, which earned him ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.[6] Darby was also named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.[7] In the 2013 Orange Bowl vs. Northern Illinois, Darby registered four solo tackles and one defended pass.[8] As a sophomore, he played in 14 games with nine starts, including playing in, and winning the 2013 BCS National Championship game. For the season he had 14 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior in 2014, he started all 14 games and recorded 43 tackles.

After his junior season, Darby entered the 2015 NFL Draft.[9]

Professional career

Pre-draft

Coming out of Florida State, Darby was projected to be selected in the second or third rounds by the majority of analysts and scouts.[10] With a deep cornerback draft class, Darby was considered the second-best cornerback coming out of Florida State behind P.J. Williams. He was invited to the NFL Combine and was able to raise his draft stock after finishing with good times in the 40, 20, and 10-yard dash. Darby participated at Florida State's Pro Day, but was satisfied with his combine performance and only performed positional drills. He had scheduled visits with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans, and New York Jets.[11] Going into the 2015 NFL Draft, he was ranked the third-best cornerback by Lance Zierlein, the sixth-best cornerback by Sports Illustrated, and the seventh-best by NFLDraftScout.com.[12][13][14]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft  in
(1.79 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
 in
(0.80 m)
 in
(0.22 m)
 in
(1.05 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
All values from NFL Combine [10]

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills selected Darby in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was the seventh cornerback drafted and one of ten players from Florida State to be selected.[15]

2015

On May 19, 2015, the Buffalo Bills signed Darby to a four-year, $4.56 million contract with $2.17 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.58 million.[16]

After competing with Stephon Gilmore, Corey Graham, Ross Cockrell, Nickell Robey, and Ron Brooks throughout training camp, Darby was named a starting cornerback, opposite Gilmore, to begin the regular season.[17]

Darby made his professional regular-season debut in the Buffalo Bills' season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts, recorded six combined tackles and two pass deflections, and intercepted Andrew Luck for the first pick of his career, as the Bills defeated the Colts, 27-14.[18] On September 27, 2015, he made five combined tackles and a season-high four pass deflections, and intercepted Miami Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill during a 41-14 victory.[19] He was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.[20] During a Week 9 match-up against the Dolphins, he had a season-high ten solo tackles and deflected a pass in a 33-17 victory. He missed a Week 16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys after suffering a groin injury.[21] Darby finished his rookie season with 68 combined tackles (61 solo), 21 pass deflections, and two interceptions in 15 games and 15 starts, while also being named Pro Football Focus' Defensive Rookie of the Year.[22]

2016

Darby was named the starting cornerback to begin the 2016 regular season. He started the Buffalo Bills' season-opener against the Baltimore Ravens and recorded seven solo tackles and made two pass deflections in a 13-7 loss. He missed the Bills' Week 3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals with a hamstring injury.[23] During a Week 7 contest against the Miami Dolphins, he made a season-high eight solo tackles in a 28-25 loss. On November 27, 2016, Darby left in the first quarter of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars after suffering concussion while trying to make a tackle on Jaguars' running back Chris Ivory. Ivory attempted to hurdle him but his knee was driven into Darby's helmet in the process. He missed the 38-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders the following week.[24] On December 11, 2016, he racked up a season-high ten combined tackles during a 27-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Darby finished the 2016 season with 69 combined tackles (60 solo) and 12 pass deflections in 14 games and 14 starts.[22] The Buffalo Bills finished with a 7-9 record and head coach Rex Ryan was fired after Week 16 and replaced with Anthony Lynn.

Philadelphia Eagles

2017

On August 11, 2017, the Bills traded Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for slot wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round NFL draft pick.[25] In his first game with the Eagles, Darby injured his ankle in the second quarter and was carted off the field. It was revealed that he dislocated his ankle and was ruled out for 4-6 weeks.[26] He would then make his return in Week 11 against the Dallas Cowboys in which he achieved his first interception as an Eagle. Darby finished his first season as an Eagle with 34 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 9 passes defended. The Eagles reached Super Bowl LII where they defeated the New England Patriots 41-33.[27] Darby had 4 tackles and 2 passes defended in the game.

2018

Darby entered the 2018 season as a starting cornerback for the Eagles. He started the first nine games before suffering a season-ending torn ACL in Week 10.[28] He was placed on injured reserve on November 17, 2018.[29] He finished the season with 43 tackles, 12 passes defensed, and one interception.

2019

On March 15, 2019, Darby signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract to remain with the Eagles.[30] In week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, Darby recorded his first interception of the season off Matt Ryan in the 24-20 loss. [31]

References

  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals.com cornerbacks 2012". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "English-speaking Caribbean athletes bring home three more gold medals". Antigua Observer. July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "2011 World Youth Championships: Stephen Newbold wins boys 200m". Universal Sports. July 10, 2011.
  4. ^ Little, Carl (July 8, 2011). "Ronald Darby takes 4th in 100 at World Youth Championships". Washington Post.
  5. ^ "Profile of Ronald DARBY - All-Athletics.com". www.All-Athletics.com. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "FSU cornerback Ronald Darby named ACC's Defensive Rookie of Year". OrlandoSentinel.com. November 27, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "FWAA > News > Freshman All-America Team". Sportswriters.net. January 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Ronald Darby Game By Game Stats and Performance - Florida State Seminoles - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "FSU CB Ronald Darby intends to enter 2015 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ a b "NFL Combine: Ronald Darby". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Mike Huguenin (March 31, 2015). "Speedy Florida State CB Ronald Darby has 5 visits scheduled". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "*Ronald Darby, DS #5 CB, Florida State: 2015 NFL Draft". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ Chris Burke (April 14, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft Rankings: cornerbacks". si.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Lance Zierlein (March 27, 2015). "2015 NFL Draft: Lance Zierlein's top 10 cornerbacks". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ Sonnone, Brendan (May 1, 2015). "Buffalo Bills draft CB Ronald Darby, continue pipeline to FSU". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2017.
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  21. ^ Bryson Treece (December 26, 2017). "Injury Report: Dallas Cowboys At Buffalo Bills". InsideTheStar.com. Retrieved 2017.
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  23. ^ The Sports XChange (September 25, 2016). "NFL Week 3 Injury Report: Fantasy Foot Update". UPI.com. Retrieved 2017.
  24. ^ Tyler Conway (November 27, 2016). "Ronald Darby Injury: Update on Bills' CB's concussion and return". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved 2017.
  25. ^ Sessler, Marc (August 11, 2017). "Bills trade Sammy Watkins to Rams, acquire Matthews". NFL.com. Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 11, 2017). "Eagles CB Ronald Darby (ankle) out 4-6 weeks". NFL.com.
  27. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Alper, Josh (November 12, 2018). "Ronald Darby out for season with torn ACL". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  29. ^ McPherson, Chris (November 17, 2018). "Eagles Promote CB De'Vante Bausby To Active Roster". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  30. ^ Teope, Herbie (March 15, 2019). "Eagles, Ronald Darby agree to one-year contract". NFL.com.
  31. ^ "Jones scores late TD, leads Falcons past Eagles 24-20". www.espn.com. September 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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