Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive back Bradley Roby (1) knocks the ball away from Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Kyle Carter (87) in the back of the end zone during the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium. Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State

Sep 28, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Bradley Roby (1) reacts after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium. Buckeyes beat the Badgers 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Every team is always looking for good cornerbacks to put on their roster, and Bradley Roby from Ohio State is one of them that might see his name called on day one of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Bradley Roby doesn’t have elite size, but he more than has the speed to offset it.  He turned heads at the combine after clocking in a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash, which more than made up for him measuring in a bit smaller than expected.  He came in at 5’11″ and 194 pounds.  A team with a good coaching staff and a need for a speedy corner will most likely take Roby near the end of the first round.

His off field antics are pretty well documented too.  He was suspended one game for a bar fight that resulted in an arrest for battery.  All people make mistakes, and hopefully this is one that he learned his lesson from.  However, it is something that an NFL team will look into before using their draft pick on him.

He could see teams looking at using him on the outside while others could see him as more of a nickel guy.  Either way, he projects to be an effective defender at the next level.

Here are his statistics over three seasons at Ohio State:

  • 37 games played

  • 132 solo tackles
  • 179 total tackles
  • 7.5 tackles for a loss
  • 1 sack
  • 8 interceptions
  • 1 forced fumble
  • 1 fumble recovery
  • 3 defensive touchdowns

Strengths

  •  Blistering speed
  • Tenacious
  • Strong-minded
  • Good at mirroring wideouts

Weaknesses

  •  Size
  • Strength
  • Can play too aggressively

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota is looking for a cornerback to start opposite Xavier Rhodes in the new defense.

My Take

Despite Roby’s size, he could be an interesting prospect for Minnesota if he last into day two of the draft.

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