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  • SI: Broncos CB Roby using offseason training for physical, personal growth

    LOS ANGELES -- From the perspective of sheer physical talent, Ohio State's Bradley Roby was perhaps the most impressive cornerback prospect in the 2014 draft. That's saying something, considering that five cornerbacks were taken in the first round, but Roby's tape and measurables do stand out when he's playing at his best. At the scouting combine, Roby ran a 4.34 40-yard dash despite suffering a knee injury last December, and he aced the agility drills. No surprise there, as Roby showed through three seasons with the Buckeyes that he had the trail speed, short-area agility and raw technique to excel in this era of aggressive pass defense. Even at 5-11 and 194 pounds, Roby appeared to be an ideal version of the modern starting cornerback. The Broncos selected him with the No. 31 overall pick, and expect him to start in a secondary that also includes new acquisitions Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward.

    Then again, there have been lapses in judgment on and off the field that have left NFL teams wondering. In April, he was arrested for driving a vehicle while impaired -- the police found him in a parked car and smelled alcohol. Last July, he was charged with disorderly conduct based on his alleged role in a bar fight -- the charges were dismissed, but in the rarefied air of the first round, these things tend to add up.

    Similarly, as talented as he is, Roby will occasionally lose his bearings on the field. There was perhaps no better example than in Ohio State's 31-24 win over Wisconsin last September: Roby amassed eight tackles and an interception, but was also exposed in coverage by receiver Jared Abbrederis, who used his route awareness and quick cuts to fool Roby to the tune of 10 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. In straight routes, especially deeper ones, Roby stuck to his receivers like glue, but he also zigged too often when he should have zagged.
    http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/07/14/bra...eason-training

    Good read, sounds like the kid has the right mindset.

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    I read a scouting report on Roby after we drafted him that said during his sophomore year he was in the mindset that he was going to declare afterward and played his heart out. Then, after the season multiple people convinced him that staying in college was best for him. He stayed in college for his junior year, but he had resentment and regret for having to stay in college. That he was pissed about the whole situation and did not give his junior year 100%. Which is why his play was so great in his sophomore, and not so great in his junior year.

    I am not sure of the validity to these claims, but I kind hope they are true because then we really got a steal at 31. He does seem to have made quite the impression in OTAs. Hopefully he is a great CB for years to come.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Kevin8Nine View Post
      I read a scouting report on Roby after we drafted him that said during his sophomore year he was in the mindset that he was going to declare afterward and played his heart out. Then, after the season multiple people convinced him that staying in college was best for him. He stayed in college for his junior year, but he had resentment and regret for having to stay in college. That he was pissed about the whole situation and did not give his junior year 100%. Which is why his play was so great in his sophomore, and not so great in his junior year.

      I am not sure of the validity to these claims, but I kind hope they are true because then we really got a steal at 31. He does seem to have made quite the impression in OTAs. Hopefully he is a great CB for years to come.
      No matter, one bad games doesn't all of a sudden make you an average CB. Whatever his reasons, he can now focus on football and nothing but if he so chooses. Won't have money concerns, won't have class obligations. He can just train, practice and study tape. Loved the pick.

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