Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State (HT: 5’11¼”; WT: 194 lbs)
First Round: 31st Pick
NFL Comparison: Lardarius Webb, CB, Baltimore Ravens
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- An excellent athlete, with elite top-end speed. Able to chase down offensive players that are well ahead of him.
- Great size and frame for a starting NFL cornerback.
- Very effective blitzer due to timing and quickness. Reaches the quarterback within mere seconds to disrupt the rhythm of the offense.
- Has good ball skills; routinely ends up around the ball. Roby ended his collegiate career with eight interceptions and 36 passes defensed.
- Hip flexion is clean and allows an easy pivot transition after backpedaling.
- Lateral quickness is superb and allows Roby to break on the ball with ease.
- Big hitter in the open field, causing dropped passes and fumbles, and doesn’t draw costly penalties.
- Was a lockdown defender in both press man and off-man coverage, with a burn percentage of 10 percent.
- Only allowed completion percentage on 31 percent of targets while in man coverage, according to self-charting.
- Long arms and leaping ability help disrupt the receiver making the catch.
- Had one of his best games against Penn State receiver Allen Robinson, who is a highly regarded NFL prospect.
- Relies on athleticism too often against the run and pass. Roby will need to clean up his technical ability to fully realize his potential.
- Takes poor angles on the ball carrier. There will be much less room for error in the NFL.
- Doesn't square up with oncoming ball-carriers consistently, causing ineffective arm tackling.
- At times focuses too much on the receiver and doesn't locate the ball, causing missed opportunities to intercept the pass. He flashed good instincts and awareness in 2012, so 2013 could've been an aberration due to lowered confidence.
- Didn't face elite athletes often in the Big Ten. Will need to adjust quickly to the significant talent that the NFL possesses.
- Too conservative while in zone coverage, but that could've been the scheme, which notably had issues.
- Doesn't have scheme diversity at this point in his career, after a burn percentage of 31 percent in zone.
- Has a low floor to go with high ceiling. Being a great athlete won't be enough to become a consistent NFL contributor.
- Didn't play well in a primetime showdown with Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis, who is an excellent route runner.
- Struggled with a knee injury late in 2013, causing him to miss an important matchup against Clemson.
- Will graduate with a major in communications
- Was a three-star prospect and ranked the 44th defensive back in the country as a high school senior
- Disorderly conduct charge dropped in the summer of 2013.
After entering the 2013 season with huge expectations, the public seemed to think Bradley Roby regressed and struggled mightily, but that wasn't the case in most games. The Buckeyes defense struggled as a unit, but Roby wasn't the reason for that. With his elite athleticism and solid size, Roby figures to be an early-to-mid first round pick this May. If he can improve his play recognition, as well as make his footwork more efficient, he can become a top 10 cornerback in the NFL. He may be the best athlete at cornerback that has entered the NFL since Patrick Peterson in 2011.
Draft Projection: First Round
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