Cornerback Bradley Roby was expected to leave the Ohio State Buckeyes after last season to go to the NFL. He decided against it since he was not ready to leave Columbus, but did that decision ruin his NFL Draft stock for this year?
At times it seemed as if he had lost the motivation to play and his mind was somewhere else. However, it was not just Roby who was inconsistent this season. Urban Meyer has said that the performance of his pass defense has been “very alarming” and is still a cause for concern as the Buckeyes head to the Orange Bowl, where they will play the Clemson Tigers. Clemson’s offense is a pass-heavy attack, and the Buckeyes have to hope that their pass defense, including Roby, plays well enough to slow them down.
Roby has shown some flashes of greatness throughout the season. He was tied for the team lead with three interceptions, blocked a couple of kicks, and had 13 pass break-ups. Still, that doesn’t seem to be enough to make him a first-round lock. If he would have entered the NFL Draft a year ago he would’ve been a first-round pick.
Some draft experts believe that Roby can make up for his inconsistencies this season with a good performance at the NFL Combine. They also believe that he is still highly regarded by many NFL teams and could end up being taken in the first round, but he will likely be graded as a day two prospect. He is not the first-round lock that he was last year.
Roby just has to hope that he can use every opportunity he gets to impress the NFL scouts. His draft stock may not be where it was at this time last year, but he is still highly regarded. If he has a good combine and good workouts then he can restore the faith that everyone had in him last year.