Earlier today the Buffalo Bills traded CB Ronald Darby to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for WR Jordan Matthews & a 2018 third-round pick. This was 1-2 trades Buffalo made today. Let’s analyze the Darby deal:
This trade is good to an extent. Tre’Davious White was Buffalo’s first round pick in 2017, and was ranked as the 2nd rated CB prospect by PFF coming into the draft.
Buffalo now has:
- Tre White
- Kevon Seymour
- E.J. Gaines
- Leonard Johnson
- Bradley Sylve
- Shareece Wright
- Marcus Sayles
That’s not bad, but could definitely be better. Could Buffalo have gotten more value out of this trade? Yes. Gaines was ranked the 105th best CB with a 37% grade by PFF. Safety Micah Hyde also has experience at CB, so could we possibly see him play corner once in a while?
Darby was expected to be Buffalo’s No.1 CB this season after CB Stephon Gilmore left for New England. Now that role will most likely go to White. Darby, who struggled last season still has tons of upside. I think he fits better in Philadelphia’s man-coverage defense than Buffalo’s zone-based scheme.
This trade is definitely going to help Buffalo. Darby was to small and got burned a lot, he has only 2 INTs in his career along with 33 passes defended, and 121 tackles. Darby also helps the Eagles secondary tremendously. He allowed 45 catches on 75 targets in 2016, giving up 3 TDs and no INTs. Philadelphia’s starting CBs currently are:
- LCB Jalen Mills
- RCB Patrick Robinson
- NB Ron Brooks
Jordan Matthews is coming to Buffalo after spending his first three seasons in the league with Philadelphia. Buffalo replaced Watkins with Matthews. Lets compare their stats:
Matthews: 46 games 225 receptions, 2,673 yards, 19 TDs
Watkins: 37 games, 153 receptions, 2,459 yards, 17 TDs.
All in all, Buffalo definitely didn’t get better than they were 48 hours ago, but this will definitely help them in the future. After these trades, Buffalo now has 6 draft picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft.