Bradley Roby Posts Official Time of 4.39 in 40 Yard Dash

By DJ Byrnes on February 25, 2014 at 12:48p
75 Comments

Bradley Roby was always considered one of the fastest ― if not the fastest — guys on Ohio State's football team. Today, he went out and proved he has some wheels underneath him.

The former Ohio State cornerback posted an official time of 4.39 in the 40 yard dash. Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert posted the fastest cornerback time with a 4.37. 

In the lead-up to the sprint, draft analyst Mike Mayock blamed Roby's poor performance against Wisconsin on "poor eye discipline," while Deion Sanders pinned Roby's struggles on the defensive game plan.

Many analysts expect Roby to be the first Buckeye taken in the 2014 NFL draft.

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UrbanCulture's picture

Deion knows whats up.

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Gusman's picture

I Love it how Deion Sanders got on the OSU defensive coordinator for not adjusting their coverage during the Wisky game after seeing that Aberdaris was having his way with man to man.

I hope this year's defensive coaches would be more adaptable and be able to adjust mid games. I also think when playing man to man against a good wideout like Aberdaris (who actually tested off the charts in the combine) - giving him a 10 yards cushion is a recipe for disaster without a safety cover - because the WR would dictate the action and the DB would have to react - instead of giving the DB the option to dictate by bumping the WR at the LOS.  

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FitzBuck's picture

Did Dion just say "fire Fickell"?

 

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saltybuck61's picture

Absolutely. It wasn't just Roby during that game, it was the entire defensive backfield. Come to think of it, it was the entire defensive backfield all year. Roby was one of the only players who held his own, even at times shining.

buckeyefanatic's picture

Roby first Buckeye maybe but obviously Sandcastle will be the first DB drafted.

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Diseased Leg's picture

I seriously thought he would be the fastest DB. The way he chased down some recievers this season was just unreal

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DJ Byrnes's picture

tbf he only missed the mark by .02... which is.... not a large margin.

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hit_the_couch's picture

Definitely; I think it takes about .05 or more to even blink.

And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

Diseased Leg's picture

That's true, the smallest of things can cost you .02 

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

A well timed fart could have given him the extra boost to make up that -0.02 differential.

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osu07asu10's picture

A perfect and appropriate recommendation from Chief B1G Dump!

 

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

This is a great gif as it not only has a lit fart...but is also Will Ferrell's intro to comedy!

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osu07asu10's picture

His and all of their laughs make the gif in my opinion

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

BuckeyeB9B82501's picture

Ha ha true story here when I was in 7th grade I ran track and during a shot put throw (I was rite beside this dude throwing disc) this kid (mind you it was the conference championships so everyone and their brothers and sisters where there) did his dance around and rite before he let the shot put go he blew out a huge fart, he may even sharted a little b/c he blew it and hard too. But that throw was the new tourney record (the Shore Invitational at Ridgedale JrHS in Marion county) and also it was his schools new school record. But that was the funniest thing i've every seen. And with many people around too (like 12 schools and parent/siblings) your post just reminded me of that moment . Lol :-)

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TCOB_6's picture

I swear he kicked that 1 long piece of grass on that run.

rdubs's picture

Since the start is hand timed they are really identical.  A better representation would be to superimpose the videos.

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Jdadams01's picture

Him chasing down WRs was one of the most impressive displays of athleticism the last few years. It shows that he can keep that speed in pads, which not all of these burners do.

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Crumb's picture

I guess I never realized how fast he was, but should've known, he caught guys from behind on the few times he got burned. He'll do just fine in the big leagues. Still miss having him in the Orange Bowl though.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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buckeye_heart's picture

Man missing out on the top spot by just .02 seconds. I would be asking for a mulligan.

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trock's picture

I think we all knew he would put up a fast time by the way he chased down players late in the year...saving touchdowns.

Clancy's picture

No SEC players on the top of that list? Something must have been wrong with them there lasers

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Lasers are yankee witch-craft and have an anti southern bias.

Billy-Bobs Grandpappy's stop watch keeps much more accurate time.

 

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Poison nuts's picture

I'm sick & in bed with a flu that feels like it's killing me...& I can't stop laughing at 'Yankee Witchcraft'!! Thank you.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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chili96's picture

I'd be curious to see how many SEC DBs actually ran the 40 vs waiting for their pro-days. But it does show that the SEC does not have a monopoly on speed. ESPN take note.

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buckeyedude's picture

No SEC players on the top of that list? Something must have been wrong with them there lasers

I wonder if there will be any acknowledgement of this by the great ESPN?

 

 
 

Diseased Leg's picture

Congrats to Brandin Cooks for winning 100k! 4.33 is blazing

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Diseased Leg's picture

The player with the fastest 40 while weiring their Adizero cleats wins the money, and that was Cooks

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TresselourgodUrbanoursavior's picture

My mistake.  I think I would wear the Adizero cleats if I thought I was in the running--sorry Dri

andyb's picture

for the love of god!!! (said in Chris Farley voice)  one of you change your avatar!

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IGotAWoody's picture

Didn't Archer run a 4.26?
 

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Diseased Leg's picture

The rules were unclear to many but Dri did not wear the Adidas Adizero cleats so he wasn't eligible to win. 4.26 is insane but he didn't win the 100k

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Jdadams01's picture

That's kind of hilarious actually. I hope whoever Dri wore (Nike I think) makes sure to point out that the fastest guy didn't wear Adidas.

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Earle's picture

That's one expensive pair of Nikes.

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OSUBias's picture

Nike would do well PR wise to give him $100,001 and make a commercial out of it.

Slider...you stink

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Earle's picture

C'mon Phil, Just Do It!

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gm3jones's picture

Good luck in the Pro's, Roby. Hoping you get drafted by Bungles so I can see you play every sunday.

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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BUCKI06's picture

Agree - I'd love to see him in a Bengals uniform.  Secondary is definitely one of the top needs, so it could be possible.

"As long as we're keeping score, we're gonna try to win this thing." - UFM

D. Anthony's picture

It's a well known fact the the Ohio Pro teams orange and brown/black unis slows players down... Roby would run a 4.7 in either of those costumes.

D. Anthony

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I think I could run the 10 is 4.3!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Or the 4.3 yards in 10

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RedStorm45's picture

So... this is a lie then.

IGotAWoody's picture

The combine 40 times are always a little dubious. Which makes Archer's time even more impressive.

Or, maybe you're right, and the team's times are dubious, and the combine gets it closer to reality. Who knows?

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OSUBias's picture

Meyer coached teams have a history of brazenly low 40 times. It's a psychological ploy (isn't everything with him?) to get them thinking they're super fast and then playing that way. I remember seeing a pic of the Florida 40 board when he was there and they had multiple guys at 4.1.

Slider...you stink

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Timmah's picture

They test guys multiple times a year and their fastest times get posted on the speed board. It's not surprising to hear that some of the guys don't match their best 40 ever on combine day.

 

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Earle's picture

Lie is a bit strong, maybe.  Call it sleight of hand(timing).

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RedStorm45's picture

.13-.25 additional times on guys who have participated at the combine v.s. what they ran at OSU (Roby, Stoneburner, etc.).  Their timers must really suck or yes, they are lying.

osu07asu10's picture

So because Roby didn't run that at the combine, that means he has never before run a 4.26? Much like DJ said .02 is not a lot of time, nor is .1 and it is very plausible that Roby could have knocked that off his time (or the notoriously quick tOSU surface aided him).

Does El Guapo only run a 4.66?

"They don't know what they don't know." - Coach Mick

rdubs's picture

It's not apples to apples.  I would bet that at some point Roby ran 40 yards and a watch said 4.26 afterwards.  Does that mean it is a lie?  I don't think so.  For some reason the combine time has become the gold standard, even though it is started with a hand timer as well.  The only true way to compare them would be to do it on the same surface (yes that can make a huge difference), with a gun start so that everyone has the same reaction opportunity.  That way you could measure both their speed and their reaction time and compare it across places much more easily.

MacG91's picture

Roby just made him some $$$$$$$$$$$ come April. 

Mac..yeah

Seattle Linga's picture

And for years to come

 

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brandonbauer87's picture

He's top 10 in every drill so far. Definitely a good showing. 

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jamesrbrown322's picture

Too bad OSU didn't have "SEC Speed" isn't it?
 

"I can accept failure, but I cannot accept not trying." - W.W. Hayes

NitroBuck's picture

Didn't Bama's Clinton Ha Ha-Dix post an official 4.58?  LMAO.

Ferio, tego

OSUFlash's picture

Steelers need a corner too. And we can use a KO returner in Dri Archer.

osuflash

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vitaminB's picture

Are you the ghost of Al Davis?

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OSUBias's picture

FACT: Al Davis was a ghost for at least 15 years before his "death", true story

Slider...you stink

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Youngbuck85's picture

Have the DBs done any of the cone drills or jumps yet? If not does anyone know when they do?

RedStorm45's picture

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2014/2/25/5427050/nfl-combine-2014-measurmen...

 

Robby passed on the 3 cone.  Ran a 4.04 in the shuttle (20 yards?).  A group of three ran 4 flat, so he's right near the top again.

 

4.39/40, 4.04 shuttle, 38.5 inch vertical, and a 124 inch broad jump.  Puts him basically in the top 8-10 of every drill at DB.

 

 

luckynutz's picture

Roby is fast. Evidenced by the numerous times he bit on a double move, yet seemed to be right with the receiver when the ball arrived. Or when he would come from the opposite side of the field and make a touchdown saving tackle when a receive got free on a h bubble screen (yes, I mean you jeremy gallon!) His main adjustment at the next level is going to be to realize that everyone is fast in the nfl. Cant gamble as often on routes with pro receivers.

Silver Bullet 10's picture

On this play, Roby ran approximately 65 yards in 6.20 seconds, so he ran (on average) 40 yards in 3.82 seconds, but that's with starting in mid sprint. Dri Archer ran the second half of his 40 yard dash (last 20 yards) in 1.85 seconds. Multiply that by two and his full sprinting 40 time would be 3.70, but that is without pads and NOT on the football field.

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FrontOfficeJT's picture

Look at Roby Rollin' 

TFON JT

The Rill Dill's picture

Who wants to wear Adidas shoes to run in?----they cause torn ACLs.

ODEEZ330's picture

Mcshay just called him the best athlete at corner in this draft

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Youngbuck85's picture

Gotta say, our boys killed it in the draft. Hope Carlos doesn't fall too bad but I think everyone else helped their stock

Youngbuck85's picture

Lol just skimming through the article and re-realizing that Arkansas didn't win a game after the "karma" tweet.... That's so epic lolololol 

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Youngbuck85's picture

Wrong thread .... Smh at me

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nburns18's picture

But how much does it really matter? Richard Sherman wasn't that fast and he turned out fine. 

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

ScarletNGrey01's picture

When receivers regularly slip past you, you get really fast from an entire season of running them down from behind ...

I KID I KID!  Great performance by Roby, wish him all the best at the next level.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Remember Bradley Roby's pick six against Nebraska in 2012? Roby intercepted the ball at the 41 yard line near the sideline, slowed down, turned up field, and then sprinted to the end zone. Using this play, I attempted to calculate Roby's forty time on the football field. It took Roby 4.51 seconds from the point of the interception to the moment he crossed the goal line. This accounts for him having to slow down and turn up field, and him slowing down ten yards before he ran it in for the score. Pretty fast if you ask me.

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AZBuckeyePhan's picture

The only thing I remember about Brad Roby (besides his bad attitude) is the way he quit on his teammates...Good riddance.

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