2014 NFL Draft Prospect Bradley Roby Charged with OVI

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Tuesday, April 29

10TV.com's Staff provides the phone call made to police on the night of Bradley Roby's accident:

Court documents show officers found Roby passed out behind the wheel of his car. The 911 caller indicates that he may have been driving the SUV.

“Hi, I'm just leaving BBR on Vine and some black Dodge Charger just almost hit a bunch of kids on the sidewalk.  And now, the driver is passed out drunk on the side of BBR in black Charger with Georgia plates,” the caller states.

Police say Roby failed a field sobriety test.

10TV.com continued to state Roby has a court date scheduled for today.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Roby has settled, pleading to a lesser charge:

On Tuesday morning, Roby resolved a citation for operating a vehicle while under the influence by pleading guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while under the influence.

“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” agent Michael Perrett of SportsTrust Advisors said in a statement issued to PFT. “A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today. Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”

Updates from Friday, April 25

Roby responded to reports that he'd been arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated on Twitter Friday:

Roby also talked to Tim Twentyman of Lions.com about the allegations:

“I feel like I said what I needed to say on Twitter,” Roby told detroitlions.com. “Everything isn’t what it seems and hopefully it gets solved quickly. It just happened at a terrible time. It’s very unfortunate for myself. I’ve dealt with things like this before and I’ll bounce back.

“Everything on this visit was very positive. The coaches and the GM, when they heard the facts, they were very understanding. I just really don’t want it to hurt my image. People already have a certain opinion about me, so I think this was something that’s going to add onto it.”

It’s yet to be determined how the incident will affect Roby’s draft stock next month, but there’s no denying he’s a good football player.

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There's no doubt that former Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby is talented enough to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Unfortunately, he may see his stock fall as he faces a charge for operating a vehicle while impaired.   

According to a Thursday report by 10TV.com, Roby was passed out behind the wheel of a car and failed a field sobriety test, leading to the OVI charge on Sunday, April 20, in Columbus, Ohio.

A report of the incident wasn't filed until Tuesday, hence the delay in the information reaching the general public. Rob Kunz of 10TV Sports reports that Roby's court date is slated for Friday:

Roby recently took to Twitter to express his excitement about playing in the NFL, with these posts coming the day the report of his OVI charge was filed, per court documents cited in the 10TV.com report:

Regardless of this situation's outcome, it's not a good look for Roby given his past. He's had at least one off-field mishap of note, receiving a suspension for the 2013 season opener on a disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind.   

Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar notes with the first round of the draft approaching quickly on May 8, aspiring NFL players should be a little more cautious leading up to that date:

Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com feels that the Cincinnati Bengals could use someone with Roby's talent in their secondary, but in light of this development, probably won't invest the 24th overall pick in him:

Roby broke up 13 passes, snagged three interceptions and racked up 69 total tackles in his final season in Columbus, but his junior campaign was viewed as a letdown of sorts mired by inconsistency.

A strong effort at the NFL Scouting Combine was a source of redemption, though. Roby was electric in running  a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and registering a 38.5" vertical leap, confirming his freakish athleticism at 5'11" and 194 pounds.

Although his physical gifts suggest he can be a starter in the pros, Roby must prove he can not only bounce back from a rocky junior season, but also that he can put avoid similar situations away from the gridiron, too. Now that private workouts and visits with NFL teams are wrapping up, there is scarce time for Roby to convince potential suitors that he is without the dreaded character red flags.

Even if Roby proves to be innocent, this may cause enough front offices to hesitate taking him at the top of the draft. What could result is a silver lining in which a franchise takes a flier on Roby because it really likes him and his upside. In turn, Roby then practices, prepares and plays with a chip on his shoulder and works as hard as he can to reach his high ceiling.

Roby says he can't wait to play football again. These recent actions, whatever the legal outcome, suggest he needs to really take to heart the notion that playing in the NFL is a privilege—no matter how naturally talented a player might be.