Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer announced on Wednesday night that cornerback Bradley Roby will not be returning next season.
Roby is a fourth-year junior and has decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. It was no surprise to Meyer since Roby had considered leaving after last season, but decided to stay for the 2013 season since he wasn’t ready to leave Columbus. Roby is one of the top cornerbacks in the country and replacing him on the Ohio State defense will be no easy task. He will be honored with the other Ohio State seniors during their last game at Ohio Stadium this Saturday.
Is Roby ready for the NFL, though?
He seems to be. He definitely has the talent to be successful at the professional level. He was even predicted to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft if he would’ve entered after the 2012 season, which was Roby’s breakout season in which he led the country in passes defended per game and had 63 tackles. His performance earned him first-team All-American honors.
Roby’s performance this season has been questionable. His season started off with a one-game suspension from Meyer and early in the season, he did not look like the Roby of 2012. Roby started looking more like himself after Ohio State’s win over the Wisconsin Badgers, especially last week against the Illinois Fighting Illini in which he had six tackles, a pass break-up and returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown. He looked more like the Roby we remember from last season, the Roby that could potentially be a first-round NFL Draft pick.
Roby said he started playing better because of focusing on himself and not worrying about pleasing other people. He is more than ready for the NFL, and though he may not get picked as high in the draft this year as he would’ve last year, he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the country and any NFL team will be lucky to have him on their defense.