2015 NFL DRAFT

Bradley Roby, CB

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 194 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3951-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.342.501.5117 38 1/210'4"4.04-
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- ---6.74

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Carolina Panthers | #28
    Adding weapons for Cam Newton would seem to be Carolina's top priority but that appeared to be the case a year ago and it didn't stop Dave Gettleman from investing top picks in defensive linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Roby has the athleticism and physicality to emerge as this year's top corner, an area of concern for the Panthers after losing top cover man, Captain Munnerlyn, to free agency.
  • San Diego Chargers | #25
    Despite his off-field activities in the news, Roby is still likely to land in round one and the Chargers have the need and have shown the interest.
  • St. Louis Rams | #13
    They pass on the safeties and opt to take a corner to go with their young duo.
  • New Orleans Saints | #27
    The Saints might want a wide receiver here, but a good corner will help the team more. Champ Bailey is penciled in to start and teams like Atlanta will go after him.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Wiry, lanky frame with long arms. Plays with impressive intensity and physicality for his size. Prides himself on big hits and is unafraid to mix it up in the box against the run. Has an explosive first step and hits top speed rapidly.

World-class, sprinter-type speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. Fluid in reverse and transitions smoothly without losing a step. Effective blitzer off the edge and surprises offensive linemen with his elite first step.

Maintains awareness of receiver while reading quarterback's eyes. Effective using length and surprising punch to disengage from blocks in run support.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks preferred size for the position. Has the speed to eat a ton of ground quickly but offers too much cushion and waits too long to close on the ball.

Only knows full speed and will over-pursue in space. Relies more on the hit than wrapping up as a tackler, and drops his head on contact. Played mostly off-man coverage and his ability to leverage or disrupt at the line of scrimmage is unknown. Must be cognizant of aggressiveness not becoming lack of control.

Compares To: DeAngelo Hall, Redskins - Roby's combination of world-class speed and overly aggressive style remind some of the former eighth overall pick. Undersized, Roby's rare speed and physicality could convince scouts that he has the tools to compensate.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

After starting all 25 the previous two seasons, Roby missed the 2013 season opener serving a suspension for his involvement in a bar fight. After shaking off some rust, Roby returned to form as one of the nation's top cornerbacks, showing off world-class speed, safety-like aggression and big-play ability that earned him first-team All-American honors in 2012.

Although his talent merits first-round consideration, some scouts doubt the self-awareness or maturity to be a reliable pro right immediately. Roby is gifted when it comes to doing the hard things, like mirroring receivers, but a lack of discipline and focus get him into trouble against inferior players.

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05/12/2014 - Buckeye CB Roby slips to Broncos at No. 31...A cornerback of Bradley Roby's measurables and skill set is not typically going to be available with the No. 31 overall pick. Yet that is where the Denver Broncos selected the Ohio State defensive back in the NFL Draft Thursday. Roby slipped that low because of the issues that surrounded him. There was an April 20 arrest for operating a vehicle while impaired, which stemmed from police finding him in a parked car and smelling alcohol. He was also charged with disorderly conduct last July for an incident that involved a bar fight, but that charge was dismissed.

In a deep draft where hundredths of a second separate first- from second-rounders, these issues were enough to move the Buckeye defender down the board to where the Broncos could stand pat and take him with the next-to-last selection of the first round. "Those were all weighed in," said general manager John Elway. "He's a young guy that has made some mistakes. Obviously we expect those things not to happen when he comes here, and we believe that we've got a tremendous locker room, so I think he'll get a lot of guidance there." "We thought he was a top-15 talent," Elway added. "If he hadn't had the couple of issues, there's no way he would have been there at 31." In the short term, he can look to fourth-year veteran Chris Harris Jr. as a high-character example that he can follow. But Roby will also be an insurance policy in case Harris' recovery from a partial ACL tear does not go as expected. Harris also has a contract that expires after the 2014 season, so Roby could factor into the Broncos' long-term plans for the position, as well. - The Sports Xchange

 

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