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Bradley Roby was considered the top cornerback in the nation before the season started, but he has had his share of issues this season which has made some drop him in their rankings. He has world class speed, a confident attitude and ball hawking ability, but is that enough?
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- Has the speed to cover any wide receiver in the nation.
- Shows good man-to-man skills and the ability to mirror a receiver.
- Can play tight coverage all over the field.
- Shows good ball hawking ability.
- Fights hard for the ball when in the air.
- Despite his small size, plays the run well.
- Makes big plays on special teams.
- Lacks ideal size.
- Tends to be late looking for the ball and at times loses track of the ball.
- Lets a lot of underneath throws be completed.
- No real injury history.
- Led the nation with 19 passes defensed in 2012.
- His 17 pass breakups in 2012 tied an Ohio State record.
- 2nd Team All-American in 2012.
- 1st Team All-Big 10 in 2012.
Before the season started Roby was considered the best cornerback in the nation and a possible top 10 pick in the draft. With his struggles this season, Roby will probably be picked in the back half of the 1st-round. Some people say that a lot of his struggles can be blamed on Ohio States scheme, which didn’t truly let him show off his man-coverage skills. He showed his ball hawking and man ability last year as a sophomore and one bad season shouldn’t kill his stock. He has the speed to cover any receiver, though he lacks the ideal size to match up with big, physical receivers. Roby has the talent to be able to control half of the field in the NFL with a team that uses him to in a scheme that matches his ability.
Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns.
He doesn’t compare to Haden as much right now as he did Haden when he left Florida. They are very similar in size, speed and neither mind coming up and sticking their nose into the run game. They both had lapses at time finding the ball, but are supremely talented and can play tight coverage on anyone. Roby won’t go as high as Haden, though a great bowl game and combine could push him back up into the top 10-15 picks.