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Scouting Report: Ohio State CB Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby

Name: Bradley Roby

Position: Cornerback

School: Ohio State

Height/Weight: 5’11’’ 192 lbs.

Class: Junior (RS)

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

 

2011 Statistics: 47 Tackles, 3 Interceptions, 9 Pass Deflections.

2012 Statistics: 63 Tackles, 2 Interceptions, 19 Pass Deflections.

2013 Statistics: 44 Tackles, 3 Interceptions, 9 Pass Deflections.

 

Athleticism: Bradley Roby is an above average athlete for his position (projected to run a 4.39 40) and will look to prove that at the combine. Athleticism was never the question for Roby and the most important portion of Roby’s combine will be the interviewing process.

Man Coverage: Roby is a solid man-to-man corner and shows exceptional catch-up speed to get his hands on the ball to force incompletions. Roby plays more off-coverage than what a lot of scouts would like to see but shows the ability to come up and press receivers.

Zone Coverage: Roby plays a lot of zone coverage at Ohio State and does a great job of fulfilling his duties in coverage. Roby will likely need to play more man-to-man at the next level but I would definitely consider Roby one of the best zone coverage defensive backs in the country.

Physicality: Roby does not press receivers as much as other cornerbacks in the country but is still extremely physical in coverage. He does a great job of shedding blocks to stop the run as well as being in the hip pocket of his receivers. Roby is extremely physical with the ball in the air and rips a ton of passes out of the hands of wide receivers forcing incompletions.

Tackling: Roby is phenomenal against the run and does an excellent job of standing up wide receivers and shedding the blocks to make a play. Roby rarely misses in open-field and when he does he delays the ball carrier long enough for his teammates to make the play. Roby is also a tremendous blitzer and if he gets unblocked, it is a huge hit on the quarterback.

Ball Skills: Roby often goes for the swat more than the interceptions but has certainly cashed in on his opportunities. When Roby does go for the interception, it is virtually a certainty.

Intangibles: Roby was a three star prospect coming out of suburban Atlanta and was committed to Vanderbilt but quickly played his way into a scholarship from Ohio State and made the flip. Easy to say that things worked out for Roby as he looks like the next great defensive back that the Buckeyes have produced after great players such as Antoine Winfield, Donte Whitner, Shawn Springs, Chris Gamble, and Nate Clements. That is a pretty good list that Roby can play his way into.

 

Draft Stock: Roby’s draft stock has been taking a hit lately due to his off the field antics as well as the fact that he is not having the season he had last year. A good combine and an off-season without issues will help boost his draft stock once again.

Draft Range: Roby is being projected as a late 1st-early 2nd draft selection for this upcoming May. That being said, this guy is a top ten talent and is easily a first round corner and I expect him to fall somewhere in the 15-25 range.

Best Fits: I believe Roby is capable of playing against number one receivers right from the get-go and is ready to break out as a star. Teams like the San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Detroit Lions could all be very nice fits for Roby as I believe Roby will be a better player with more responsibility.

Comparison: When I look at Bradley Roby I see a lot of Marcus Trufant who was an excellent pro bowl corner for the Seattle Seahawks. Both in my opinion are first round corners with similar size, physicality and have the ability to play both man and zone coverages.

 

Final Thoughts: I absolutely love the upside of Bradley Roby. If Roby is able to keep his focus on football and stay out of trouble, I believe Roby is a fringe pro-bowl corner for the next ten years. As of right now, I believe that Roby is one of only two first-round corners and could possibly play his way into a top ten pick as long as his interviews go well with other general managers because his potential is clearly evident in his play. Don’t forget, Roby is an All-American cornerback. Those type of primetime performers aren’t exactly a dime a dozen.

 

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