With offenses continuing to spread defenses in college football, cornerbacks are becoming more and more important. If you have two or three legitimate NFL players in the secondary, you are likely going to field an excellent defense.
Bryan Fischer, Chase Goodbread and Mike Huguenin of NFL.com ranked the top cornerback combinations in college football and listed Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams of the Florida State Seminoles as the top duo in the ACC.
This was a tough one; both FSU and Virginia Tech have excellent duos (Tech’s is sophomore CBs Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller) — and excellent secondaries as a whole. FSU’s corners have an extra year of experience — both are juniors — and get the slight nod. Darby (5-foot-11, 195 pounds) has blazing speed and the ability to be a shutdown guy. As a true freshman in 2012, Darby was a reserve who played well enough to earn ACC defensive rookie of the year honors. Williams (6-0, 196) is a physical guy, but he also has good speed, and he, too, can be the prototype “shutdown corner.” Williams won defensive MVP honors in the BCS national championship game after making a career-high seven tackles and coming up with an interception.
Williams became one of the most famous players in college football after being named defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game. Darby picked off a pass in the Seminoles’ 34-31 victory over the Auburn Tigers. The 6’0, 190-pound Williams made 21 tackles with 1.5 coming for loss and three interceptions last season. The junior is currently projected as a first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Darby is also a junior and also considered a likely first round pick. Darby had 14 tackles and two interceptions last season.