Ronald Darby
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Darby with the Washington Football Team in 2020
No. 25 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Personal information
Born: (1994-01-02) January 2, 1994 (age 30)
Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Potomac (Oxon Hill)
College:Florida State (2012–2014)
NFL draft:2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Total tackles:401
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:97
Player stats at PFR

Ronald Darby (born January 2, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Florida State and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Denver Broncos, and Baltimore Ravens. A world-class sprinter during his high school years, Darby won medals at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics.

Early life

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, 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 2011 Lille Medley relay
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Lille 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 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in points allowed (15.1 per game) and yards allowed (253.8). They ranked seventh in the FBS. Additionally, Darby was a brother of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity while attending Florida State University.[6] Although exclusively a back-up to Xavier Rhodes and Nick Waisome, Darby registered 18 tacklesp and broke up seven passes in 2012, which earned him ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.[7] Darby was also named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.[8] In the 2013 Orange Bowl vs. Northern Illinois, Darby registered four solo tackles and one defended pass.[9] 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.[10]

Professional career


Coming out of Florida State, Darby was projected to be selected in the second or third rounds by the majority of analysts and scouts.[11] 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.[12] 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[13][14][15]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10+58 in
(1.79 m)
193 lb
(88 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
8+58 in
(0.22 m)
4.38 s 1.53 s 2.56 s 4.14 s 6.94 s 41.5 in
(1.05 m)
10 ft 9 in
(3.28 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[16][17]

Buffalo Bills

Darby as a rookie with the Bills, 2015


The Buffalo Bills selected Darby in the second round (50th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[18] He was the seventh cornerback drafted and one of ten players from Florida State to be selected.[19] On May 19, 2015, Darby signed his four-year rookie contract with the team, worth US$4.56 million.[20] 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.[21]

Darby made his professional regular-season debut in the Bills' season-opener against the 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.[22] 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.[23] He was named the AFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]


Darby was named the starting cornerback to begin the 2016 regular season. He started the Bills' season-opener against the Baltimore Ravens and recorded seven solo tackles and made three pass deflections in a 13–7 loss. He missed the Bills' Week 3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals with a hamstring injury.[27] 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 Jacksonville Jaguars after suffering a 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.[28] 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.[26] The Bills finished with a 7–9 record and head coach Rex Ryan was fired after Week 16 and replaced with Anthony Lynn.

Philadelphia Eagles

Darby in 2019


On August 11, 2017, the Bills traded Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles for slot wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third round pick (96th overall) in the 2018 NFL draft.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31] Darby had 4 tackles and 2 passes defended in the game.


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.[32] He was placed on injured reserve on November 17, 2018.[33] He finished the season with 43 tackles, 12 passes defended, and one interception.


On March 15, 2019, Darby signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract to remain with the Eagles.[34] In week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons, Darby recorded his first interception of the season off Matt Ryan in the 24–20 loss.[35] In week 13 against the Miami Dolphins, Darby intercepted a pass thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick on the first drive of the game in the 37–31 loss.[36] He was placed on injured reserve on December 24, 2019 with a hip injury.[37] He finished the season with 37 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and two interceptions through 11 starts.

Washington Football Team

Darby signed with the Washington Football Team on April 6, 2020, known at the time as the Redskins.[38] He started all 16 games for Washington in 2020, finishing with 54 tackles and 16 pass deflections.

Denver Broncos

Darby (right) playing for the Broncos in 2021.

Darby signed a three-year, $30 million contract with the Denver Broncos on March 17, 2021.[39] He was placed on injured reserve on September 14, 2021.[40] He was activated on October 9.[41]

Darby suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 of the 2022 season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve on October 10, 2022.[42]

On March 14, 2023, Darby was released by the Broncos.[43]

Baltimore Ravens

On August 18, 2023, Darby signed with the Baltimore Ravens following an injury to their All-Pro corner Marlon Humphrey.[44]

Jacksonville Jaguars

On March 13, 2024, Darby signed a two-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[45]


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