Roby was a starter in all 37 games he played in over his three-year playing career with the Buckeyes ... a senior academically (he red-shirted in 2010), Roby completed his junior season of eligibility in 2013 ... he declared early in the 2013 season that he would enter the NFL Draft after the 2013 season and he was recognized as a senior during the team's final home game of the year vs. Indiana ... had 44 career passes defended (eight INTs and 36 PBUs) and he ranked third in school history with 226 interception return yards ... tied for the school record (with seven others) with two career interception returns for TDs ... scored five touchdowns on defense and special teams ... majoring in communications.
Named all-Big Ten (coaches & media) in 2013 and a third-team All-American (Athlons) after recording 69 tackles, 16 passes defended (T3rd in the Big Ten; total includes three interceptions) and two blocked punts (vs. Northwestern and Indiana) ... set career highs in both tackles and solo tackles vs. Indiana with 10 solos stops ... scored two touchdowns; one off a blocked punt recovery in the end zone vs. Northwestern and the other a 63-yard pick-six vs. Illinois ... had 120 interception return yards in 2013, the fifth-highest single season total in school history ... was named to preseason watch lists for the Thorpe, Walter Camp, Bednarik and Nagurski awards.
Roby was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award in 2012 when he led the nation in passes defended with 19 (17 pass break-ups, which tied the OSU single season record, and two interceptions) and 1.73 per game ... was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and Walter Camp ... a first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer by both the coach and media polls, Roby was the only defensive player in the nation last year to score touchdowns three different ways (recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. Miami; he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone vs. Indiana; and he intercepted a pass vs. Nebraska and returned it for a touchdown) ... he blocked a punt in the one-point win at Michigan State and he was third on the team in tackles with 63 ... his impact games included four pass break-ups in the win at Penn State and a two-interception game vs. Nebraska, including a momentum-shifting 41-yard "pick six" in the 63-38 victory ... he tied a personal best (California) with seven solo tackles in the win over Michigan ... he set a personal best with nine total tackles vs. California ... had three pass break-ups vs. Indiana.
After red-shirting the 2010 season as a true freshman, Roby stepped up when he had the opportunity and started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 ... he tied for the team lead as a freshman with three interceptions and he also was in on 47 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss (totaling 23 yards) ... his 57 interception return yards topped the team and included a 36-yard return vs. Illinois (to the Illini 12) that set the Buckeyes up for a momentum-swinging, second-half score in the 17-7 win ... Roby ranked in a tie for ninth in the Big Ten Conference with nine passes defended (three interceptions; six pass break-ups) ... he also was tied for eighth in interceptions ... he recorded his first career interaction against the Miami Hurricanes and also picked off a pass vs. Michigan State ... coaches presented him with the 1st Year Defensive Player Award as the outstanding first-year player on defense.
Bradley is majoring in communication ... he earned all-Georgia honors for coach Bill Ballard's state quarterfinal team at Peachtree Ridge H.S. ... had 42 tackles and six interceptions along with 29 receptions for 526 yards as a senior ... scored 11 touchdowns: five on receptions, two on punt returns and one each via a rush and kick, interception and fumble returns ... team captain ... Gwinnet TD Club defensive player of the year as well as all-region and all-Gwinnett County ... Atlanta TD Club Iron Man award ... also a track and basketball standout and a four-time school scholar-athlete.
Roby is the son of Betty and James Roby.
- 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