Chip Kelly is, of course, most known for offense but during his tenure at Oregon, his Ducks featured terrific cornerback play, as well. The Eagles took a significant step in improving upon their 30th ranked pass defense by landing former New Orleans Saints' safety Malcolm Jenkins but more help is needed. Roby struggles a bit with consistency but the tools are there to warrant top 20 consideration.
Chip Kelly, who watched Roby in person at Ohio State's pro day last week, wants to get faster and tougher on defense and the former Buckeyes' cornerback will help accomplish that with his natural speed and aggressive mentality.
I've watched enough game tapes on Roby to feel good about him late in the first round. He is an aggressive off-coverage player that can close on a receiver. He likes contact and would help right away in Denver.
STRENGTHS: Roby has world-class speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. 4.39-second 40-yard speed and a good fighting attitude to battle for the ball.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks preferred size for the position. Can be late looking for the ball. Tendency to concede underneath throws, although some might have been scheme-based in college. Must prove he can drive on the ball and limit plays in front of him.
After sitting out the season opener due to a suspension, the Buckeyes junior showed some rust early in 2013 and struggled mightily against Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, but there is a lot to love about Roby's game. That includes his speed and fighting attitude, but he needs to stay alert for all four quarters to convince NFL teams he's worthy of a high first-round grade.
04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Philadelphia's draft radar: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: While Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher are penciled in as the starting cornerbacks for the Eagles in 2014, Kelly won't pass up the chance to upgrade the position and add a player who projects as a future starter. Roby struggled to meet lofty expectations as a junior in 2013, but he has the physical tools that will likely land him in Round 1 on draft weekend. He has above average speed with smooth hips, footwork and the competitive nature to be dependable vs. the run. Roby's fell asleep at the wheel too much on tape and needs to improve his coverage anticipation, but the athletic traits make him a fit for what the Eagles want. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com