The Denver Broncos tweaked their entire secondary this offseason by adding CB Aqib Talib, S TJ Ward and subtracting longtime CB Champ Bailey. The loss of Bailey and the cloudiness surrounding injured CB Chris Harris forced a huge need at CB for Denver during the draft. Luckily, Ohio State‘s Bradley Roby was available and the team selected him with the 31st pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Roby, who was once considered top-10 material, saw his stock fall a bit due to a very underwhelming junior season with the Buckeyes along with some questionable off-the-field decisions coming to light. Nonetheless, his talent and value were too much for Denver to pass up at pick No. 31.
Roby will step into a competition this season with Harris, Tony Carter and Kayvon Webster for the starting gig opposite Talib. With Harris coming off a devastating injury and the combination of Carter and Webster leaving much to be desired, Roby should be able to run away with a starting role immediately.
Roby is a great athlete who plays the football and the position incredibly well. That being said, he is a bit inconsistent, especially when caught in jump ball situations. He also needs to work on his technique a bit as he can get quite sloppy at times and must become a much better tackler.
Although Roby may not be as physical as a Kyle Fuller or as athletic as a Justin Gilbert, Roby does have quite the future ahead of him as a No. 1 corner for Denver.
I have no doubt that Roby will contribute immediately to Denver’s defense as the No. 2 corner playing opposite Talib and should be able to total up 4-6 interceptions this season.
Teams will be ready to attack Roby but expect him to be battle tested coming out of the gates after facing some of the league’s best in QB Peyton Manning and WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.