Data Scout Notes: 2013: (+) Coming off Dec 2013 Knee INJ/Missed Bowl Game...1stC/1stM...08-21-13 - Misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges dropped/Suspended for opening game/07-22-13 - Off-field incident...PWCamp/PThorpe/PNagurski/PBednarik/PLott/DS#1PSTeamProspect-DBrugler/TSX-PTW...2012: 1stC/WCamp2nd/AP2nd/1stM
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05/12/14 - Buckeye CB Roby slips to Broncos at No. 31...For 2014, Roby projects as an outside cornerback in the nickel package. Elway said that Harris is the team's starting right cornerback. But in the past two years, when Harris has started, he has moved inside to play slot cornerback on nickel downs. "We'll play it by ear and see how Chris comes around," Elway said. "I think he's got the ability to play inside and outside, but we'll go into camp (with Roby) on the outside." Roby's consistency came into question last year, but his physicality and aggressiveness were beyond what is typical for a 5-foot-11, 194-pounder, and fits in the Broncos' offseason overhaul of their defense, which has placed speed and aggression as the top priorities. That led to their signings of Talib, safety T.J. Ward, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and Thursday's selection of Roby, who clocked a 4.39 40 at the Scouting Combine. "He's got all the measurables, and he's got the mentality. He'll stick his nose in there in the run game, and tackle," Elway said. "With the mentality that we're putting together on defense, he's going to fit in very well with that." The Broncos considered trading up or down, but opted to stand pat. Elway said the "price was too high to move up," and that chances to move out of the first round dried up as the Broncos' pick drew closer. "Teams said, 'No, we think we can still get our guy where we are,' because it pushed some people down to where they were," Elway said. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Buckeye CB Roby slips to Broncos at No. 31...A cornerback of Bradley Roby's measurables and skill set is not typically going to be available with the No. 31 overall pick. Yet that is where the Denver Broncos selected the Ohio State defensive back in the NFL Draft Thursday. Roby slipped that low because of the issues that surrounded him. There was an April 20 arrest for operating a vehicle while impaired, which stemmed from police finding him in a parked car and smelling alcohol. He was also charged with disorderly conduct last July for an incident that involved a bar fight, but that charge was dismissed.
In a deep draft where hundredths of a second separate first- from second-rounders, these issues were enough to move the Buckeye defender down the board to where the Broncos could stand pat and take him with the next-to-last selection of the first round. "Those were all weighed in," said general manager John Elway. "He's a young guy that has made some mistakes. Obviously we expect those things not to happen when he comes here, and we believe that we've got a tremendous locker room, so I think he'll get a lot of guidance there." "We thought he was a top-15 talent," Elway added. "If he hadn't had the couple of issues, there's no way he would have been there at 31." In the short term, he can look to fourth-year veteran Chris Harris Jr. as a high-character example that he can follow. But Roby will also be an insurance policy in case Harris' recovery from a partial ACL tear does not go as expected. Harris also has a contract that expires after the 2014 season, so Roby could factor into the Broncos' long-term plans for the position, as well. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Broncos' picks: Round 1/31 -- Bradley Roby, CB, 5-11, 194, Ohio State...None of the mock drafts conducted in the Broncos' draft room had Roby slipping to their spot, but when character concerns sent him tumbling down the board, the Broncos pounced. He projects as an outside cornerback opposite of Aqib Talib, but will likely be a No. 3 corner this season, with veteran Chris Harris retaining his starting slot and moving inside to the slot on nickel downs, allowing Roby to line up at right cornerback. Roby is most comfortable in aggressive, press-man coverage, which makes him a snug fit for coordinator Jack Del Rio's plans. - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 39/5. *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State, 5-11, 194, 4.34, 1-2...After redshirting the 2010 season as a true freshman, Roby started all 13 games at cornerback in 2011 and quickly flashed his world class speed while leading team with three interceptions. He sat out 2013 opener (suspension after arrest for battery in bar fight) and shook off a so-so start to register a good season. Had more than his share of bothersome injuries the last two years. Frankly: Roby is gifted when it comes to doing the hard things, like mirroring receivers, but a lack of discipline and focus get him into trouble against inferior players. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/06/14 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Cincinnati Bengals...CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State: The Bengals don't need a starting cornerback in 2014. They need one in 2015. Roby brings all the physical tools and upside a team could want out of the position at 6-foot-0 and running a 4.38 40-yard dash. He needs polish coming off an underwhelming final season at OSU. One year with secondary coach Vance Joseph could have him prepared to start. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange