Bradley Roby CB Ohio State #1
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Size/Athleticism: Elite speed. A great all around athlete with good body control and balance.
Coverage: Prototypical man coverage cornerback. Can turn and run with anyone and has the quick footwork to play up at the line of scrimmage and mirror receivers. Lacks the strength to excel as a physical press coverage guy. Very aggressive and bites on fakes.
Ball skills: Does a great job closing and making a play on the ball when the play is in front of him. Somewhat inconsistent turning to play the ball down the field. Lacks ideal height to compete for 50/50 balls but he’s explosive and his great leaping ability to help make up for it.
Run support: Elite closing speed. Diagnoses run quickly and closes as fast as anyone in this class. Misses some tackles because of his lack of size, but overall he is still an above average open field tackler. Struggles to disengage from blocks and can be take out of the play.
Intangibles: Arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of battery in 2013 for his role in a fight outside of a bar. Work ethic has been questioned and he’s been viewed as a selfish player by some who have spent time around him. Needs to mature in order to reach his full potential.
Durability: Did not play in 2014 Orange Bowl due to a bruised knee. Suffered a shoulder injury in 2012 which caused him to a miss a game and nagged him throughout the year.
Comments: Roby is immensely talented but his style of play won’t endear him to every coaching staff. He’s a gambler, which will result in some great plays but also some bad mistakes. He’s probably the type of player who, for better or worse, will always be this way. It may hold him back from reaching an elite level, but if surrounded by talent he can be a weapon in the secondary. In terms of raw talent, he’s probably at the top of this class at cornerback, so a team comfortable with his minor character concerns and his style of play will likely gamble on him in the first round.