Marcus Roberson (CB), Florida
6'0" | 191 lbs.
11 tackles, 3 passes defensed; 14 punt returns, 129 yards; 1 kick return, 16 yards
What the scouts are saying:
"Lean, athletic, finesse cornerback who is best deployed in off-man or zone coverage, and has potential to develop into a No. 2 or No. 3 corner if he regains his sophomore form. However, he lacks desirable instincts and tackling ability, and did not elevate his game in 2013 when injuries, suspension and inconsistency marred his junior season." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Roberson was a four-star recruit out of national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He chose Florida over Auburn, Texas Tech and Southern Cal and started the first 10 games of his Gators career at cornerback in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury. Roberson returned in 2012 to start four of 13 games, finishing second in the SEC with 14 passes defensed and his 12 pass breakups were the most by a Gator since Joe Haden's 12 in 2008. He played in seven games in 2013, finishing with 11 tackles, three pass break ups and no interceptions, and on Jan. 3 declared he would forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. ... Roberson didn't generate the same hype as cornerback teammate Loucheiz Purifoy but has displayed good agility and instincts for the position. While he dedicated himself to getting stronger last offseason, Roberson needs to show an improved effort in defending the run to become an all-around cornerback at the NFL level." (CBSSports.com)
"While Roberson didn't have a big statistical year, his man-coverage skills could make him a steal. Roberson had an ugly performance at the Combine with a surprisingly slow 40 time. He followed that up with a rough pro-day performance. Roberson made a big mistake entering the 2014 NFL Draft, and some sources said that he has had one of the worst leadups to the draft of any prospect they can remember. The junior recorded 11 tackles with three passes broken up in 2013. Roberson missed three games with a PCL strain and was very rusty in his return against LSU. He had a mixed outing against Georgia, too. Roberson was excellent in coverage versus Miami, but he got banged up during the game. Roberson had three tackles with four punts returned for 72 yards in Week 1. He then landed a suspension late in the season. Entering 2013, Roberson was viewed as a potential first-rounder. He should have gone back to Florida to rehab his draft stock as a senior." (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears are set at their two starting cornerback positions with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings both returning in 2014. Though, the Bears learned last season how important depth at that position — and on defense in general — is when Tillman missed a good portion of the season with an injury. The Bears do have plenty of cornerbacks on the roster, including names like Isaiah Frey, Kelvin Hayden and Sherrick McManis. But if Phil Emery & Co. want to inject some rookie blood into that group, perhaps Roberson could be an option.