NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby
April 4, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Bradley Roby (CB), Ohio State

5’11” | 194 lbs.

2013 stats:

69 tackles, 3 INT, 2 TFL

Projection:

1st/2nd Round

What scouts are saying:

"Attacks the jam or blocking receiver, frequently gets into the action. Will play off or press man coverage, attacks the catch point by cutting in front of the target. Even plays on special teams. Trails in close distances and prevents the sliver of separation at the catch point. Makes things difficult on the opposition.” (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)

"Roby has world-class speed with the click-and-close ability to play tight coverage and mirror receivers all over the field. 4.39-second 40-yard speed and a good fighting attitude to battle for the ball.” (Rob Rang, CBS Sports)

“At the Combine, Roby put his great skill set on display. He has the physical talent to be a No. 1 corner if he lands with good coaching, but his bad tape from the 2013 season is holding him back from being a sure-fire first-round pick. ” (WalterFootball.com) 

"Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Dangerous as a blitzer and kick-block rusher. Has experience working as a gunner. Confident and competitive. Excellent production on the ball -- 35 passes defended in last two seasons.” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

Fit for Bears:

The Bears made an effort to retain their cornerbacks from 2013 and, in the end, re-signed both Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman. But that doesn’t mean the Bears are done addressing the position. After Tillman and Jennings, the depth is questionable at cornerback. Kelvin Hayden is a good veteran to have, but this might be the year to inject youth into the secondary and let them develop and learn from a guy like Tillman. Taking Roby at No. 14 would be a reach, especially if guys like Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard are still on the board. But if the Buckeye star lasts through the early stages of the 2nd round, he could be an intriguing option for Phil Emery.

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