Bradley Roby, a three-year contributor, had sort of a roller coaster career as an Ohio State Buckeye. After a very strong redshirt sophomore season, Roby came into the 2013 season as one of the top cornerbacks in the country and all but a future first round lock.
Then in July of 2013, Roby was arrested for A-Misdemeanor Battery (the charges were later dropped), which led to him being suspended for the season opener against Buffalo. Following an underwhelming 2013 season, in which Roby struggled with conditioning early-on then injuries that plagued him at the end of the season, he declared for the NFL Draft. Then just last week, Roby was cited for the second time in the past year, this time for an OVI. He later pled down to a lesser charge. It was a tough year for the 22-year-old cornerback out of Suwanee, Georgia but he should excel in the NFL. Roby needed a change of scenery and once he gets into a scheme that fits him, he will flourish.
Roby excels in press-man coverage, where he can use his supreme athleticism and physicality. In 2013, Roby was not used correctly at Ohio State. They played far too much zone (which he struggled in) and they did not tailor their coverage to Roby's strengths. He has very good feet and hip flexibility that allows him to change direction on a dime to get correct body position. Roby does a good job at mirroring receivers and when in man coverage he breaks on the ball very well. He has good ball skills and makes all the plays he should. He uses his official 4.39 40-yard dash speed to stay with receivers and he is usually the fastest player on the field, chasing down ball carriers. He has good height as he stands at 5'11 and has a good vertical jump at 38.5 inches but he does tend to lose jump balls to bigger receivers.
Roby throws his body around in run support and his physicality is one of his best qualities. He can be overaggressive (was ejected on a targeting call vs. Iowa) and overextend himself in run support but for the most part he does a great job. He is a great blitzer from his cornerback position which also shows on special teams, where he blocked three punts. Roby has no issue with coming down full speed at a ball carrier to make a play even though his technique is not always the greatest. He stands out on special teams, as Urban Meyer used him on every coverage team.
He has however had reoccurring shoulder injuries and missed the 2014 Orange Bowl with a knee injury that would have showcased himself versus future top five selection Sammy Watkins. He is a very confident player and noticeable trash-talker on the field, but tends to back it up with his play.
If plugged into the correct system (and a strong locker room), Roby will succeed in the NFL. If he goes to a team with strong leadership, I expect his recent off-field troubles to go away and he can get back to succeeding both on and off the field. It is tough to overlook the 2013 tape, but you have to with Roby.