- 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