2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ohio State’s Bradley Roby
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top cornerback prospects and we are focusing our attention on Ohio State’s Bradley Roby today.
Entering the 2013 season, Bradley Roby was the consensus number one cornerback slated to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. His elite blend of speed and quickness made him a menace under Urban Meyer at Ohio State and he dominated the Big 10 earning a 1st team All Big 10 recognition and a spot on ESPN’s 1st team All-American in 2012.
But in his junior season, Roby’s play fell apart. Instead of the havoc wreaking corner in 2012, Roby was timid and seemingly aloof. He became reliant on his superior athleticism and let his technique slip causing a drastic drop in performance to start the season.
While he regressed to the mean with some good performances down the stretch of his junior season, Roby’s draft stock has slipped significantly. Last summer he was a lock to be a top 15 selection with his impressive athleticism and overall play but now Roby is a true boom or bust prospect with some questions about his game. Still, the NFL loves potential and Roby has tons of it so a team will take a chance during the latter part of the 1st round and select Roby.
Elite Athleticism: Elite top end speed that can chase down receivers, great acceleration, light on his feet, fluid hips making transitioning out of his backpedal seamless, adequate size with big hands, explosive jumper, elite lateral quickness, a quick twitch athlete and his superior athleticism covered his poor technique at OSU.
Drives on the Football: Explodes out of his break towards the football, drives through the ball/receiver, this ability makes him a potential great off man corner and allows him to sit back and read the quarterback eyes.
Attacks off the Edge: Great blitzer form the slot/outside, keeps contain by flying into the backfield, often beats blockers to the spot, blocked multiple punts on special teams, can blow up bubble screens and is generally disruptive off the edge.
Huge Upside: Extremely high ceiling due to his athleticism, could develop into a special corner and special team player, needs a good coach to motivate and teach him, a boom or bust prospect and has the ideal speed/quickness for a slot corner.
Lack of Technique/Discipline: Poor footwork, struggles against good route runners, was abused by Wisconsin’s Jared Abrrederis, poor eye discipline and can get caught looking into the backfield and relied on his superior athleticism in college.
Inconsistent: Was spectacular in 2012 but poor in 2013, seemingly entered 2013 over confident, showed varying levels of effort against run plays, inconsistent motor, doesn’t square up against ball carriers and much better man than zone corner .
Overall: The 2012 version of Bradley Roby would likely be the top corner selected in this year’s draft. But after his less than stellar 2013– to be fair the entire Ohio State defense suffered last season– where Roby’s footwork and discipline were exposed Roby is likely a mid to late 1st round selection.
At that point the risk surrounding Roby is well worth the potential. Some scouts say that Roby is the most athletic corner to enter the draft since Patrick Peterson in 2011. With that kind of athleticism Roby has a extremely high ceiling that could be realize with the right blend of coaching and motivation.
Prediction: Mid to Late 1st Round
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