Bradley Roby, Ryan Shazier Looking Good to the NFL

By Jason Priestas on July 18, 2013 at 12:38p
Bradley Roby is feeling it.

The NFL Draft is still nearly 10 months away, but draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has his "Talented Top 50" list out and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby and linebacker Ryan Shazier show up early on it.

South Carolina soul-crusher Jadeveon Clowney – to the surprise of absolutely no one – tops Jeremiah's list, with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley rounding out the top five.

Roby, recently named to the Thorpe and Nagurski preseason watchlists, shows up 12th, the highest-rated cornerback in the evaluation. Shazier, meanwhile, appears 14th, ranked behind UCLA's Anthony Barr and Alabama's C.J. Mosley in a talented batch of outside linebackers.

Michigan offensive tackle is the only other Big Ten player to appear on the list, checking in 9th. You'll also notice an appearance from Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack (19th). We'll be seeing him in a few weeks.

One player not appearing on the list is Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. This reflects the thought among GMs and scouts that Miller, while an electric gamebreaker, must still develop as a quarterback. This is also great news if you are part of the "FOUR YEARS!" club when it comes to Miller's Ohio State career.

Here are the top 20 prospects, including players that are not yet eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft.

Rank Player Pos College Class Conference
1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina JR SEC
2 Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville JR ACC
3 Anthony Barr OLB UCLA SR Pac-12
4 Amari Cooper WR Alabama SO SEC
5 C.J. Mosley OLB Alabama SR SEC
6 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama JR SEC
7 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M SR SEC
8 Marqise Lee WR USC JR Pac-12
9 Taylor Lewan OT Michigan SR Big Ten
10 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson JR ACC
11 T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama SO SEC
12 Bradley Roby CB Ohio State JR Big Ten
13 Louis Nix DT Notre Dame SR --
14 Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State JR Big Ten
15 Todd Gurley RB Georgia SO SEC
16 Brett Hundley QB UCLA SO Pac-12
17 Aaron Lynch DE South Florida SO AAC
18 Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers JR AAC
19 Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo SR Mid-American
20 Tajh Boyd QB Clemson SR ACC



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David Sokol's picture

'Bama crushes this list

mh277907's picture

Check back next year, Dan. I fully expect to see a lot more Scarlet and Gray.


Hovenaut's picture

Curious to see whether or not Count Chocu....Kiper, Jr agrees with that.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm surprised Lee isn't higher.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

luckynutz's picture

Probably taking into account that barkley and woods are both gone this year. He was without a doubt one of the best offensive players in CFB last year. But things are different this qb and a lot stiffer coverage without woods to keep secondaries honest.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Roby will have scouts drooling all year. Tough, confident, plays the run and has great recovery in coverage. He's also really really good at bating QB's into 'open' throws-that is the sign of a supremely confident corner back. He knows his recovery and closing skills are so good he can tempt QB's into throwing to what they think are open receivers.
Sadly, he'll have a 'quiet' year in a sense this season as teams are going to be avoiding his side of the field. He'll see a drop off in the major stats-which of course is more of a compliment than anything else.
As for Shazier-I've made and will stick by my Brian Urlacher comparison. Not the size, but he's relied to this point on raw speed to be great. I have to believe he now knows where he needs to be and understands his position better than ever before. Combine the knowledge with an unseen set of tools and he's going to be a nightmare this season. Now if only his 'girlfriend' would 'die' he might have a shot at the Heisman.

Idaho Helga's picture

Interestingly, the Heisman Trophy winner isn't on this list.  Because he's a sophomore next year?  Because he's looking more Charlie Sheen-ish each day?

captain obvious's picture

I know there is a lot of Johnny Football hate.
What if there was social media when Bret Favre was in college.
Dan Marino
Troy Aikman
I would imagine their lifestyles werent much different than Manziel
Just a thought
I dont know any Favre stories but I have heard a ton about the other too

I'm a friend of thunder is it any wonder lightning strikes me

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I don't think you'd hear about Farve as much because he went to Southern Miss. The other two would definitely be in the news a lot.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Haybucks's picture

Johnny M. is eligible for next year's draft since he, as a red shirt sophomore, will be 3 years removed from high school.  

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


OurHonorDefend09's picture


Don't give up... Don't ever give up.

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

Yeah, better have a back up plan just in case that whole football thing doesn't work out.

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

unholy bucknut's picture

Im just happy a couple of our guys made the cut.