Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
5'11", 194 lbs
40-yard dash: 4.39
2013: 3 INT, 69 tackles, 16 passes defended
2012: 2 INT, 63 tackles, 19 passes defended (led the nation)
2011: 3 INT, 47 tackles, 9 passes defended
2013: Third-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big Ten,
2012: First-Team All-American, First-Team All-Big Ten, Thorpe Award semifinalist
Bradley Roby has a tremendous skill set. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ran a blazing 4.39 40-yard dash. He also posted a 38 1/2 inch vertical. Roby has good size with thin ankles and large hands. He has loose hip and turns very quickly. In the air, Roby has great control of his body and catches the ball at its highest point. He has great acceleration and when he occasionally loses a step, he shows great recovery speed. Roby is very physical and is not afraid to provide run support. He is a dangerous blitzer and kick blocker.
Roby was very inconsistent in 2013. He has trouble shedding blocks and can get boxed out by larger receivers. Last July, Roby was charged with Class A misdemeanor battery, but all charges were dropped after video evidence was discovered. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence. Both incidents have raised concern about his off-field behavior.
I had Bradley Roby as the number five cornerback in my defensive position rankings, but he very easily could be higher. Only Justin Gilbert has a higher ceiling than Roby. In 2012, he looked like the best cornerback in college football. But in 2013, his production slipped, and so did his draft stock. If he was more consistent last year and did not have character concerns, Roby would be a top ten pick and the number one cornerback in the draft.
But, he has now likely slipped out of the first round. This is what might potentially make Bradley Roby the steal of the draft. Like I said, he has the second highest ceiling of any cornerback. But unlike Justin Gilbert, Roby can likely be selected in the early second round.
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