Darby fits the mold of a cornerback prospect that the Bills like: he has an excellent size-speed combination (5'11", 193 pounds, 4.38-second 40-yard dash time), and has natural coverage skills. Though some scouts knock him for a lack of physicality, he has the ability to play press man coverage, which is a must in a Rex Ryan defense.
Cornerback was clearly not the Bills' most pressing positional need. Darby fits into a picture where Stephon Gilmore is the clear top guy on the depth chart, and veterans Leodis McKelvin and Corey Graham are around, as well. The team also has Nickell Robey fairly entrenched as the slot cornerback, and 2014 fourth-round pick Ross Cockrell remains with the team, as well.
But McKelvin and Graham are both $4-plus million corners that will be 30 by the time the 2015 regular season begins, and Graham has corner-safety versatility that could put him into something of a timeshare with expected starting safety Duke Williams. Injuries are also a concern at this position, where Gilmore and McKelvin have both struggled to stay on the field at times. Adding corner depth is never a bad idea, and it might actually prove to be a very wise one for a Bills team that will rely heavily on its defense this season.
The Bills are next scheduled to pick at No. 81 overall in the third round later this evening. For now, how are you feeling about the Bills' selection of Darby?