Rant Sports 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Select Bradley Roby at No. 24

By Jameel Shareef
Bradley Roby Mock Draft 2014
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With the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Bradley Roby, cornerback from Ohio State.

Bradley Roby was drafted by the Bengals to add another play-maker in that position group . As Mike Zimmer departed to coach the Minnesota Vikings, he left behind one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. There are three veteran corners on the roster who will all be over the age of 30 by the end of 2014. Currently the Bengals have Leon Hall, Terence Newman, Adam Jones, and  the 2012 first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick. Roby wouldn’t just add talent, but he would provide great athleticism, toughness, and speed. As Roby’s stock rises, scouts are seeing why this player can potential be a great asset for any defense in the NFL, specifically the Bengals.

The combination of speed and quickness that Roby possesses can create mismatches in the slot , more blitz packages, and some special teams flash. After running an official 4.39 during the 40 yard dash and posting a 38 1/2 vertical at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Roby displayed the speed, quickness, and leaping ability needed to cover these big-time receivers in this pass-happy league. Roby is an excellent bump-and-run cover corner who can help out those veterans on the Bengals defense. Pairing Roby with Kirkpatrick will create a lengthy back-end with corners who loves to tackle and play aggressive.

The veteran presence in the locker room can benefit Roby’s growth as a young player in the NFL. Not many rookies walk into a locker room with four other first round corners on the roster. This Bengals defense has been built on toughness and  no-nonsense, hard-working guys who like to dominate the opposing offense. Staying in the state of Ohio can also create this hometown atmosphere for Roby since he played within the state.

Cincinnati needs an upgrade in the secondary, and Roby seems like a great addition.

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