1. A Prep Standout
Darby was considered the nation's No. 1 cornerback in the class of 2012 coming out of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, MD. He played six different positions on offense, defense, and special teams.
2. At the collegiate level he learned to win
At Florida State, he played in 42 games, starting 23 in three seasons. He was the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. He also earned All-ACC honors following his sophomore and junior seasons. ... Darby earned the following honors at Florida State - Third-team All-ACC (2014), BCS National Champion (2014) ACC Champion (2012, 2013, 2014) FWAA Freshman All-American (2012) ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year (2012) USA Today High School All-American (2011) Need I say more?
3. NFL Combine
He measured in at 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds. Darby was lightning fast, recording a time of 4.38 seconds in the 40. His vertical jump was 41.5 inches. Both were among the best marks at the combine. He was also clocked at 23 miles per hour during the 40-yard dash.
4. Did I mention he's quick?
Darby is also a world class sprinter, and won a gold medal with the USA medley relay team at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France.
5. Think Browns CB Joe Haden.
In an article for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reporter Ralph Paulk wrote the following ... Darby likens his style to former Florida Gator Joe Haden. He has patterned much of what he does after watching reels of tape on the Cleveland Browns cornerback.
"I like how (Haden) plays," Darby said. "But I always looked up to (St. Louis') Lamarcus Joyner even before I got to Florida State. I like how (Arizona's) Patrick Peterson plays as well."
Welcome to Buffalo Ron Darby!