The Minnesota Vikings allowed a league-high 37 passing touchdowns last season, as well as just over 287 passing yards per game (31st in the league), so that made adding talent to the secondary a top offseason priority. The additions of cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Kurt Coleman will help in that regard, but the Vikings should still be looking to add some help in May’s draft.
With other needs likely to be on the team’s radar in the first round, could one of the top cornerbacks in this year’s class now be an option for the Vikings on Day Two of the draft?
Bradley Roby was a three-year starter at Ohio State, and after a strong showing at the NFL Combine (4.39 40-yard dash, 38.5″ vertical jump) he gained buzz as a possible first round pick. But he was reportedly arrested last Sunday and charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, and WBNS-TV in Columbus reported Friday morning that Roby is now scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday, April 29.
Roby was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for his role in a bar fight in July of 2013, and though criminal charges were dismissed he was still suspended for the season opener. A report attached to his previous arrest suggested a condition of the charges being dropped included that he avoid legal trouble until August of this year, which obviously did not happen. Still, without anything concrete before next Tuesday it’s dangerous to speculate about any legal implications for Roby.
Roby is among the 30 prospects that are expected to attend this year’s draft, but with this recent incident it would not be surprising to see him decline the invitation.
Just how far Roby will fall in the draft is unclear, but I’m certainly not alone in virtually guaranteeing he won’t be a first-round pick now. That could work to the Vikings’ advantage, assuming they have any interest in Roby, since they have one pick in the second round (40th overall) and two in the third (72nd and 96th overall) right now. Getting a top-five talent at one of the premium positions in the league, after addressing other needs earlier in the draft, is a rare opportunity and the Vikings are well-positioned to do just that if Roby is deemed to be a fit.