Bradley Roby Drafted 31st Overall by Denver

By Kyle Rowland on May 8, 2014 at 11:35p

Weeks of speculation turned out to be pointless. Bradley Roby’s April 20th incident in downtown Columbus did not cost the former Buckeye his first-round draft status.

The shutdown cornerback went 31st overall to Denver.

“I did not have any indication [Denver would pick me],” Roby said. “I did not come on a visit. But I think it will be a great place for me.

“I am not a bad guy. In both situations, I never committed a crime. I’m not a bad guy. You won’t have to worry about me off the field. These two incidents taught me about being aware when you are in public.”

Roby was an All-Big Ten selection in 2013 after recording 69 tackles, three interceptions, 13 pass breakups and two blocked kicks. The numbers were impressive but nowhere near his 2012 stats that garnered All-American honors.

Ohio State's 1st Round Defensive Backs
Year Pick Player Team
2014 31 Bradley Roby Denver Broncos
2009 14 Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints
2006 8 Donte Whitner Buffalo Bills
2004 28 Chris Gamble Carolina Panthers
2001 21 Nate Clements Buffalo Bills
2000 24 Ahmed Plummer San Francisco 49ers
1999 23 Antoine Winfield Buffalo Bills
1997 3 Shawn Springs Seattle Seahawks
1991 19 Vincent Clark Green Bay Packers
1976 21 Tim Fox New England Patriots
1975 24 Neal Colzie Oakland Raiders
1971 19 Jack Tatum Oakland Raiders
1971 23 William Anderson San Francisco 49ers

He led the nation in pass breakups per game (1.4) in 2012 and ranked third on the team with 63 tackles. Roby was projected as a high first-round draft pick, but opted to return to Ohio State for another year of seasoning.  

However, he’s had two off-field issues since last July – a battery charge that was dropped, but still resulted in a one-game suspension, and an OVI that was reduced in a plea deal. That was on top of an erratic junior season.

A standout performance at the NFL Scouting Combine and Ohio State’s Pro Day helped Roby’s cause. Still, he was one of many top-end corners in the draft.

“Roby is a great talent, I mean phenomenal talent,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said I April. “A couple years ago I thought he might be a top-15 pick. He may be a solid first-rounder, which I think he is. I just think you saw inconsistency in terms of tackling. Good run support, but tackling in the open field was inconsistent. Coverage was inconsistent. If he puts it all together, he could be a heck of a player. But right now, I think he’s a little overrated.”

The cornerback class is deep with five being selected in the first round. In addition to Roby, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert went eighth to Cleveland, Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller went 14th to Chicago, Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard was picked 24th by Cincinnati and Jason Verrett of TCU was selected 25th by San Diego.


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BHT's picture

Maybe they have some inside information so they know a few minutes/seconds before it is announced? They probably have these things pre-typed or something, so the put the players name, pick, and team in and post it.

Of course, I am speculating.

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Killer nuts's picture

These are posted so fast, literally up to the second

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bboston's picture

Perfect spot for Roby.... Buckeyes representing well in the 2014 draft!

"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority." - Vince Lombardi

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WhySoSerious's picture

My account asked he last year who my favorite college football player and it was this guy. Loved him since he was rocking the 25. Congrats....


Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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TheBadOwl's picture

Huge congrats to Roby, honestly one of the most fun players to watch, although he could be frustrating at times. I think he'll be a superstar.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Phillips.449's picture

Great pick for Denver!

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OSUStu's picture

Congratulations to Roby! Nice to see him land with a quality organization.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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jamesrbrown322's picture

I love Roby, but hate the Broncos...well maybe Mewhort and Hyde will go to teams I don't hate. Good luck to Roby and Shazier! I hope they succeed as individuals, but fail as team! lol

Go Bengals!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

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Spivan's picture

Damn...  Just as I am getting ready to leave Colorado, Roby comes to Denver.

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sivaDavis's picture

Damn, was really hoping for my Niners to pick him up. Anyway congrats Roby!

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

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When they lost Champ Bailey, the question was going to be who they would have to help fill the spot... looks like we have an answer of some sorts.  Not sure he will be put on an island, but I look forward to seeing Bradley succeed in the next level.  Best of luck to Roby.


"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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IGotAWoody's picture

The Broncos made a splash in free agency, picking up Aqib Talib from NE. So Roby won't be asked to be the next lock down corner for Denver. I think this is a perfect situation for him.

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” ~Carl Rogers

D-Day0043's picture

It's ironic that we had two players picked in the first round from a historically bad defense. When I sit back and look at all of then talent that was on this defense I wonder what the hell happened. How were they that bad? Sure there were some holes and injuries, but man.....

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irishfury's picture

What will really blow your mind is there is also Noah Spence, Joey Bosa who will both be first rounders.  Then A.Washington who will be a 1-3 rounder.  So a 12 person D has potential of 5 first rounders on it.  

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D-Day0043's picture

That's exactly what I was thinking about. It's amazing, there was so much talent. I just don't understand it. 

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nikolajz1's picture

Horrible coaching. That D line plus Shazier and Roby should have dominated. If Bryant didnt get injured he'd be a 2nd/3rd round pick probably and the D looked bad with him in it too. 

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Congratulations Bradley!  I think this is a great team for him to be on and will have great success there.  Wow, look at all of those DBs picked in the first round.  OSU should also be referred to as Defensive Back U!!

Go Bucks!!

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alust2013's picture

I realize that he won't be making quite as much money as he would be had he gone last year and gone 15 picks higher, but this seems like a better situation overall than going probably 8-15 to a bad to average team that will probably have a similar pick the next year. CBs are never going to be guys that turn a team around like Andrew Luck and the rest of Indy's 2012 draft turned a 2-14 joke into a 11-5 playoff team in one season and repeated that the next year. Point is, Roby landed on an already very good team, which has got to be less stressful and way more fun.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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D-Day0043's picture

I agree. That's the bad thing about going too high, you end up going to a crappy team.

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RedStorm45's picture

You'd think the last place he'd go after his 4/20 arrest would be Colorado.

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WhySoSerious's picture



Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

osubuckeye4life's picture

The force is strong with you Roby Wan Kenobi.