2014 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos’ Defense Gets More Physical With Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby

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With the 31st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have selected Bradley Roby, cornerback from Ohio State University.

There was no doubt that the Broncos needed to go defense in this draft. Drafting Roby has its ups and downs from what we have seen in college. He was inconsistent in his last year at the collegiate level. But what he could bring to the Broncos is solid. With how the Seattle Seahawks manhandled the offense, it was proven that defense does win championships. John Elway wants to make his defense more physical and I believe he will get that with Roby.

While he can bring the “Crush” back to the “Orange Crush” for Denver with his hard hitting, he often does focus too much on making the big hit instead of wrapping up to tackle. He missed a few tackles during his final year with the Buckeyes and lacks size to play the cornerback position against bigger wide receivers. But with these risks comes rewards as well.

Not only can he bring the physical play to the Mile High city, he has the ability to cover wideouts really well. He can also multitask and read the quarterback’s eyes which will allow him to watch for the football while keeping up with his wide out. His speed as a cornerback is tremendous as well, posting a 4.34 40 during the combine.

This selection by the Broncos further proved that Elway still is looking to improve on the defense, even with the additions of T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware via free agency. But the old saying of defense wins championships must be really ingrained in Elway’s mind and he did not hesitate to continue to improve the defense. Cornerback was an area of need for the Broncos and I believe they have found their guy. As long as Roby can improve on his tackling, he will be a solid pick for the Broncos’ defense.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.


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