But Orchard’s best performance with the Redskins came against the Panthers, ironically new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera’s final game with Carolina. The linebacker finished with a sack, two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble on the final play of the game to seal the victory for the Redskins. So, it made sense why he was quite emotional postgame.
Darby understands why he was forced to sign another one-year deal. He knows he has to put a full season together of good football — while staying healthy — in order for a team to commit to him on a long-term basis. Although his new contract doesn’t guarantee him anything past the 2020 season, Darby is confident he can return to the solid cornerback he was a few seasons ago.
Following an illustrious college career that included ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, three conference championships and a BCS National title, Darby was drafted by the Buffalo Bills with the 50th pick in 2014. He immediately stood out, both on the team and around the NFL.
The Dolphins need a young quarterback to build around. If the Bengals pick Joe Burrow first overall and the Redskins select top pass rusher Chase Young at No. 2, then the Lions could reap the benefit with Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert still on the board and Miami in great position to make an offer with its stockpile of draft capital.
It starts with his elite athleticism, as the 6-foot-1, 204-pound junior tested out in the 80th percentile or better in five categories, according to MockDraftable. Once you add in his playmaking ability and overall coverage skills, then you can see why scouts and analysts alike are forgiving of his perceived lack of tackling ability.
Jackson likely won’t hear his name called until Day 2, at the earliest, but his consistency and positional flexibility make him a relatively safe pick, regardless of the round he’s selected.