Bradley Roby Will Officially Declare for the 2014 NFL Draft After the Season

By DJ Byrnes on November 20, 2013 at 6:29p
Bradley Roby (hell yeah Liberty Bowl win, Illinois)

It's long been assumed, but now it's officially confirmed: Bradley Roby will forgo his senior season. He will partake in ceremonies honoring the seniors this Saturday against Indiana.

"We’ve talked and he is going to move on," Meyer said. "That’s all you ask. You don’t ask for five years nowadays. It’s no secret, there’s nothing wrong with that. [He said] 'Coach, here’s my plan,' so you say, 'Great, let’s go and keep playing.' It’s great for him and great for Ohio State. I think we’re set to get his degree, too, in the spring."

Bradley Roby's season probably hasn't gone according to its preseason script, but he's a dynamic, play-making athlete that will be missed next year. Best of luck at the next level, Roby.

Source: @KyleRowland


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Hovenaut's picture

Not completely unexpected, but still hate to see him go.

Wish him all the best on Sundays, as well as a strong finish to his Buckeye career.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

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Good luck Roby - kick Gallon's ass on your way out the door.

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RoyMunson's picture

Well this is odd. I can't ever remember hearing someone declare 10 games into a season.

logamaniac's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if its being construed into a recruiting tool.  instead of having other coaches tell your target that they will be behind Roby, it will be free from speculation that theres now an open starting corner spot available.

teddyballgame's picture

He will partake in ceremonies honoring the seniors this Saturday against Indiana.

rdubs's picture

He announced before the season started.  After he decided to come back for this year he said it would be his last.  Urban was just restating what was said months ago.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I guess the theory here is get out before his stock drops even worse? It would be hard for coming back next year to NOT help his stock and thus increase his first NFL salary. Regardless, a great player who will do great things! Thank you for everything, Bradley! 

thunderhawks51's picture

I think it's great that he'll be honored during the senior ceremonies. This is something we've missed out on in the past with our obvious early entries (Ginn Jr., Beanie Wells, etc.). Can't wait to give him a proper send off and thank you on Saturday with the rest of the seniors!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Booooooo! One more year, pwease.

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otrain2416's picture

wonder why he's announcing this now instead of the end of the season

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

3GB's picture

So that they can honor him along with the Senior class on Saturday

otrain2416's picture

makes sense didn't even cross my mind definitely a duh moment

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

teddyballgame's picture

He will partake in ceremonies honoring the seniors this Saturday against Indiana.

Danify's picture

I'm going to get downvoted for this, but why should he get honored during Senior Day. Those honors are reserve for people who stay four or five years. 

UrbanCulture's picture

He was here for 4 years.

TheChase's picture

Roby is a redshirt junior, so he has been here for four years.

InTressITrust's picture

This is his fourth year and I think he is graduating this year too too so I am OK with it. I hope this doesn't become a norm though.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

kareemabduljacobb's picture

The senior class this year was his recruiting class anyways. He's been at tOSU for 4 years.

Danify's picture

I understand he's been here for four years, but I still say it should only be reserved for Seniors. 

sivaDavis's picture

This is his recruiting class. He has been here four years. This is not a surprise, now hopefully he goes out and shows he's worth an early pick.

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Michael Citro's picture

I'm sorry people downvoted you for stating your opinion, Danify. It would be awesome if people could differentiate between a post that should be downvoted (for various reasons) and one that simply promotes a view contrary to theirs I upvoted you to negate one of the downvotes even though I disagree with what you posted and I hope others will do the same.

Danify's picture

I understandable, no biggie about the downvotes. Thats what is great about 11w we can agree to disagree while always coming together and loving our Buckeyes 365 days a year.

andyb's picture

The bottom line here is...the kid IS a Senior technically....he's considered a red shirt junior by the NCAA...but I can guarantee you on his academic transcripts he's got enough school credits to be a Senior. 
were this last year when he was a RS Sophomore I would have been against it, but as others have said this is his recruiting class and he will Graduate this he's a Senior dude! 

JozyMozy's picture

*comes forward* I downvoted him because his thought process was flawed, for the reason already pointed out in the reply directly below the original comment: redshirt junior=4 years. He's apparently graduating in the spring, to boot. This isn't a normal situation, and I -highly- doubt someone with the traditionalist mindset of Urban Meyer is going to make exceptions for everyone that decides to leave early just because they're a star. Roby's been here long enough, he's put in the work in the classroom- what's so wrong with letting him have a proper sendoff on the football field to match the one he'll be getting with his diploma? 
Upvotes and downvotes. I promise, they're not personal. 

BuckeyeChris's picture

Teacher says, "Every time I get an upvote an angel gets its wings!" 

Squirrel Master's picture

I didn't downvote but to bring it up wasn't necessary Michael!
not to mention the original comment still doesn't get it. There is a strong chance Ryan Shazier might not come back and rumors that Braxton will jump too. They won't be honored!
Roby is practically a senior by all accounts except the "redshirt junior" part. He should be honored just like the others as a senior. Just because Roby has the "opportunity" of a fifth year doesn't mean he should be discounted for it. He did his time. He deserves to be rewarded like the others.
now I do agree it didn't deserve a downvote but it didn't need your input about it as well. And honestly I would have downvoted you like I do everyone who brings it up like this.

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otrain2416's picture

He's most likely academically a senior even though athletically he's a RS Junior

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

cdub4's picture

I disagree if a player is on track for a degree. What note can you ask?. I see your point if a player leaves after 3, but these are supposedly students first.

Also, the NFL and football are dangerous endeavors. Let's say hypothetically, a player like Jalin Marshall, or James Clark who redshirted this year due to injury and or coaches recommendation, and have 3 excellent seasons and are first round prospects as redshirt juniors. I would have a problem not honoring them because they broke a leg, or had a concussion early in their freshman seasons and redshirted. Same thing with a qb who redshirts due to depth and learning the system, and leaved as a redshirt junior, like an Andrew Luck at Stanford.

Denny's picture

Also, why the hell is Carlos Hyde getting honored during Senior Day


Denny's picture

No, I'm pretty sure Carlos Hyde is a senior. Did you guys know that?


chitown buckeye's picture

What year is Hyde?

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mtrotb's picture

Let's make sure the 4th or 5th walkon's who have never played a down, but not the 4th year junior who started 3 years and is a all Big Ten performer get their due and be introduced before the last home game???


dubjayfootball90's picture

Good luck guy! But before you go, i think you know there is some unfinished business.
Do Work, Son!

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unholy bucknut's picture

He has been a good one hate to see him go. Wish Roby the best of luck at the next level. I hope he didn't make a mistake in leaving early. Kid was a beast i'm just thankful he was a Buckeye.

BuckeyeBred's picture

I'm really hoping for he and Shazier to go first round - with Hyde being a bonus. On top of that, I would love to see Urban shake their hand on stage like Saban and The Ole Ballcoach. Can't underestimate recruits seeing our coach send kids to the pros personally on nationally televised tv. 

TheShookster's picture

#1 on the field, #1 in our hearts
Make these last 4 games the best of your career.

He ain't even stretch doe!!


Thank you Bradley Roby. It's been a pleasure watching you. You will definitely be missed. No go out there and dominate everyone these last four games.

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harleymanjax's picture

It's his decision, but I honestly think he is costing himself a lot of money by leaving now.

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

Alpo's picture

I think he cost himself a lot of money by coming back this season

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

I couldnt respectfully disagree more. He wasnt a top ten pick last year and most corners flat out cant br. He is easily a first round pick. ..he has all the tools of a solid nfl corner. Plus he plays physical as a bonus and plays good special teams. With the way rookie contracts work he probably cost himself very little. I think he will get benifet of the defensive scheme having some holes.

Alpo's picture

My comment was meant more in a tongue and cheek manor but he could have been drafted higher last year as opposed to this year according to certain scouts. You are right about the way contracts are drawn up these days, he probably won't lose out on much money. And if he shows all his physical talents we all know he possesses, he will surely get a deal worthy of his abilities. Basically I agree with everything you said, and I want to thank you for your service to our great country, you are appreciated my friend.

Brandon26841's picture

I don't think he cost himself that much money (maybe a little bit), but he would have been a high draft pick last year easily. The CB class was relatively weak (seems to be that way again this year though) and I'm fairly confident he would have been the #1 CB taken before the likes of Dee Milliner, who has supposedly been absolutely terrible for the Jets, and D.J. Hayden from Houston. Roby would have absolutely lit up the combine and separated himself from the pack IMO.
I was shocked that he came back honestly. I considered him gone.

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Best of luck, Mr. Roby!

DefendOhio's picture

Wish he could have lived up to expectations this season. Great career at OSU none the less. Best of luck. 

BTBuckeye's picture

Good luck on Sundays bro!!!!!!

jaxbuckeye's picture

I think my icon expresses my feeling on this subject.

The Rill Dill's picture

I must have a different opinion of 'great'.  Antoine Winfield, Shawn Springs.......Bradley Roby? When was Roby 'great'.  I need examples, because I must have missed it. 

Nutinpa's picture

He was great in stretches last year and has made some great plays this year.  Unfortunately, it didn't take a lot of game film to see that he loved to jump routes and that made him vulnerable to "hitch and go's" and he has been scorched often this year.  There were times in which he played this year like a guy who wished he had gone to the NFL last year, but that is just a snap judgment that can never be proven unless he admitted so.
Still...bottom line, he will be sorely missed based on the confusion the young-ins have shown this year.  Let's hope he finishes his career in grand style!  I think he will now that this is behind him.

yrro's picture

I think his analysis of himself was pretty spot on this year - he was trying to be the man and make splash plays, not just a good corner, and it was leaving him vulnerable to double moves and peeking into other people's zones.

GR8TBUCKS's picture

We, ourselves don't define great but a first or second round draft pick, most likely does. You know, along with the guys that make those decisions for a living? I agree with your choice of Springs but I remember a certain Michigan game.


buckeyedude's picture

My first thought was, "Why now?"
But I actually think this was a good idea to announce this now, after having thought about it, because obviously Roby's been thinking about it. He doesn't have to have the burden of hiding it from Buckeye Nation. Now he can just go out and (hopefully) help OSU get to the NC and then get his degree in the spring.



Paul's picture

Maybe Roby wanted to inspire his teammates for the stretch run! If so, I love it!!!

There are winners and there are losers, and then there are "THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY"


kareemabduljacobb's picture

Hopefully now that he's got that out in the open, he'll come out and ball out these last 4 games. 
Who's your replacement for him next year?  I'm hoping not Reeves, I've seen enough of him this year to know that he's not the one to fill in for Roby unless he vastly improves from now until next season.

TilstheHun3's picture

I'm hoping guys like Apple, Conley, and Burrows step up and fill Roby's All-American shoes... Next man up!

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

buckeyedude's picture

No mention of Vonn Bell?



andyb's picture

I think he's going to be a safety rather than a DB. 

buckeyenobility's picture

Good for Roby and he will probably be the first corner picked in the draft. Roby has been given too much blame in my opinion this season. Dude has so much more responsibility in the defense then most realize (thanks to Ross for the breakdowns). He has to improve on his tackling technique but he could be the best Buckeye corner since Gamble.

WhySoSerious's picture

Man I'm just happy he came back this year, I posted something a few months back saying Roby would get 5 picks this year. People swore up and down that teams wouldn't throw is way, well damn that hasn't been the case @ all. He's a beast, @buckeyenobility I was going to state the same thing about him being the best since Gamble, but sorry bro he's a way better tackler lol. If you go into my profile you'll see who my favorite player is and it's you Mr. Roby hands down. Stating it now next 4 games he's shutting shit down. #1strounder. 


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buckskin's picture

Congratulations Mr. Roby, too bad you had somewhat of a down year, but you'll represent the Scarlet and Gray well in the NFL.  Best part of this story is that he's going to earn his degree in the spring.  Well done sir.

TMac's picture

Good Luck Mr. Roby!!  Now go out in Style, a couple Pick 6s would look nice 

ONE Not Done!

Doc's picture

Good luck Bradley, and thank you.  You sure as shit are fun to watch.

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IBleedSandG's picture

hell yeah Liberty Bowl win, Illinois

Good luck, Bradley! I wouldn't mind seeing you in Bengals stripes next season.


BoFuquel's picture

The #1 and only BRADLEY ROBY. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Kindell's picture

I would love to see him back, but I completely understand why he is going.  I think he is going to have a long NFL career!

Curt Heinrichs's picture

He's had some ups and downs this year, to say the least. Here's hoping he finishes the year on a high note and improves his draft stock. I wouldn't mind him being opposite Joe Haden in the Browns secondary. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Well, Bradley Roby, it was a pleasure, and a lot of fun, to watch you play these last 3 years.  Best of luck at the next level...but you won't need it. 

Class of 2010.

Squirrel Master's picture

I love the down year talk! He might not have had the year we all expected but I think for corner to have so far: 45 tackles, 5 TFL, 3 INT (1 pick six), 9 passes broken up, 1 blocked punt and I could have sworn he has gotten a sack or more.
last year it was: 62, 2, 2 (1), 17, 1 and 1 sack.
and the season ain't over yet! His tackles for a loss have really helped with his corner blitzing and covering the outside rushing. He is an excellent tackler that can sometimes go a little too high.
granted he has been burned more but I still think that has to do with him taking the top player each game (last year Howard and he switch more often) and poor safety help after Bryant went down. I'm not saying he hasn't had poor play in coverage but he is such a diverse player for his position that I think NFL will see all of what he does.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Clinger76's picture

Best of Luck Roby! The Falcons could use you! I would buy a Roby Falcons jersey!! Sorry to all you Professional Ohio football fans. (Buckeye living in Atlanta since I was 12. Watched nothing but falcons since we moved down here!)

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