Grading the Denver Broncos’ First-Round Selection of Bradley Roby
The Denver Broncos entered the NFL Draft with some needs on the defensive side of the football. One of those needs was at the cornerback position. With the departure of Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, improving a position that did not have a great start to the season was something the Broncos needed to address. They were able to make those additions via free agency with Aqib Talib and now have added more depth by drafting Bradley Roby.
What can Roby bring to the table for the Broncos? From what I have heard and seen, he can be somewhat of a mix of two different current Broncos additions. He has the great coverage and lock down on receivers like Talib and has the hard hitting force like T.J. Ward. His speed is quite remarkable, and he has the athleticism to make solid plays on the football. He can be an elite corner in the pros in the near future.
However, with upside there will most likely be a downside and Roby is no different. His size could factor in. He is on the shorter end of six-foot, which could spell trouble when it comes to covering bigger receivers. During his collegiate times, he often got burned by the wideout he was matched up against, which can spell trouble when he allows them to get into the open field. His tackling is also an issue. He spends too much time trying to make the big hit instead of wrapping up the opponent, which results in a lot of missed tackles. He also served a suspension, raising concerns about his character as well.
Overall, despite Roby having issues as far as character and focus are concerned, this is a draft pick that has quite a bit of upside if he can work on the negatives surrounding him coming into the pros. Cornerback was a need for the Broncos, and they correctly addressed it in the early going.