From high school to the NFL draft: Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby

From high school to the NFL draft: Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby

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From high school to the NFL draft: Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby

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Ronald Darby announces his intent to play at Florida State during a ceremony on National Signing Day in 2002 at Potomac High in Oxon Hill ,Md. (Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports)

Ronald Darby announces his intent to play at Florida State during a ceremony on National Signing Day in 2002 at Potomac High in Oxon Hill ,Md. (Photo: Evan Habeeb, USA TODAY Sports)

As the NFL draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Florida State defensive back Ronald Darby

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PLAYER PROFILE:

RONALD DARBY

Position: Cornerback

High school: Potomac, Oxon Hill, Md.

ALL-USA history: Named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA second team in 2011, when he played six positions, including kicker, and his team had four shutouts and allowed just 82 points all season. He also was considered one of the fastest players in the nation and won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Maryland Class 3A as a senior. He showed off that speed when he ran a 4.38 40 at the NFL Combine.

College: Florida State

Height, weight: 5-11, 193 pounds

Ronald Darby makes a tackle against Oregon in the Rose Bowl (Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports)

Ronald Darby makes a tackle against Oregon in the Rose Bowl (Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports)

By the numbers: Played in 42 games for Seminoles and finished with 79 tackles and 16 pass break-ups. He had only two interceptions in his college career, both as a junior.

Draft positives: Elite speed and movement ability in space. Has catch-up and recovery speed. Very strong and muscular. Plays with power and aggression. Can get his hands on receivers at the point of attack and redirect. Quick downhill explosion to make plays on the ball. Good balance and stability.

Draft negatives: Lacks a refined skill set. Doesn’t turn his hips and explode out of his break as fast as his athleticism says he should. Will easily be fooled by double routes and play action. Lacks the decision-making necessary to play in zone coverage.

Projection: Round 2/3

What he says: “It upsets me when people call me a track guy that plays football. They don’t know I just started running track my ninth grade year. I’ve been playing football my whole life.”

Draft analysis by Dan Shonka, Ourlads.com

 

 

 

 

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