The Buffalo Bills shocked most of the Bills nation on Friday night, selecting Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby with the 50th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
While #Billsmafia social media is ablaze over the pick, Bleacher Report draft analyst’s Matt Miller and Chris Simms had a very different take on the first draft pick under the Rex Ryan era.
Both Miller and Simms gave Buffalo at least an A while the former championed the pick with the extra +. The analysts noted his instincts and the potential to be a starting cornerback and maybe even a pro bowler, as people “won’t want to throw at him”.
Rex sure loves his defensive backs as this pick has his handprints all over it. Either way, GM Doug Whaley stuck true to his best player available strategy and said that “there was no debate, the gap between Darby and the next guy was big enough.”
The speedy back ran a 4.38s 40-yard dash time at the NFL scouting combine and is great in pass coverage. Darby tackles well enough but will need to improve his strength and adjust to the NFL pass interference rules.
It’s also worth noting that with AFC East divisional rivals’ the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets adding big-body recievers Davante Parker and Brandon Marshall, Buffalo may be countering it’s foes’ improving ariel attack with more coverage.
The jury is out on this pick, but you can watch the full BR review of the Buffalo Bills’ second round pick, Ronald Darby here.