Bradley Roby, a 5'11, 192 pound corner from Fort Worth, Texas, is the 2nd Ohio State Buckeye picked in the first round of 2014 NFL Draft, going 31st to the Denver Broncos. He joins Ryan Shazier, who beat most projections and went earlier than expect to to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 15th pick. Roby was SB Nation's 25th ranked overall player with just TCU corner Jason Verrett and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard preferred at the corner position.
Statistically, Roby didn't have his best season with the Buckeyes, although he struggled both with injuries and a scheme that sold out to stop the run at times. Roby also had some off the field issues to deal with, as he was cited for an OVI right before the draft. His potential, speed (a 4.39 unofficial 40 yard dash), and strong ball skills make him a very attractive cornerback prospect.
Despite not living up to the high first round potential he had before he returned to Ohio State for his final season in Columbus, Roby was still good enough to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors. Roby did struggle though in certain one-on-one matchups (former Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis was one in which he had a particularly bad showing). Some attributed this to poor conditioning following a suspension to open the season.
SB Nation's draft analyst, Dan Kadar, had the following to add on what Roby brings to the next level:
Roby's natural athleticism often bails out his lack of technique and instincts. That's what a 4.04 three-cone and a 38.5-inch vertical leap will do for a player. Too often Roby gets burned because he'll have his eyes in the backfield. In turn, this will lead to Roby gambling on a throw and often missing out.
Weight: 194 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds
Bench press: 17 reps of 225 pounds
Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
Broad jump: 124 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.04 seconds
Roby likely won't step right into the starting lineup his first day at camp, but his high upside makes his pick a worthwhile one and he has a real chance to be a difference maker in the NFL.