The Kansas City Chiefs have several positions that need improvement for the 2014 season. In this year’s draft, the Chiefs hold the 23rd overall pick and should consider drafting a cornerback. Ohio State’s Bradley Roby would be a good pick for Kansas City.
Roby played for the Buckeyes for three seasons and had quite the career. He had 179 tackles, eight interceptions (including two for touchdowns), and 41 defended passes. Roby also returned both kicks and punts during his final two seasons. He had two touchdowns off of punt returns (Source: Sports Reference).
Bradley Roby Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.39 seconds*
Bench press – 17 reps
Vertical jump – 38.5 inch
Broad jump – 124.0 inch
20-yard shuttle – 4.04 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Roby is considered the fifth best cornerback and is projected to go in either the late first or early second round (Source: NFL Draft Scout). Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout thinks Roby will be drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 24th selection, one pick after Kansas City. Here is Rang’s overview of Bradley Roby,
“After sitting out the season opener due to a suspension, the Buckeyes junior showed some rust early in 2013 and struggled mightily against Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, but there is a lot to love about Roby’s game. That includes his speed and fighting attitude, but he needs to stay alert for all four quarters to convince NFL teams he’s worthy of a high first-round grade.”
Kansas City could use a guy like Roby, not just for his secondary skills, but also for his punt and kick return abilities. Former return specialist Dexter McCluster recently departed for Tennessee so Roby could step in and fill those shoes.
Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com agrees that Roby will be a first or second round pick. He feels that Roby is an aggressive tackler and has good zone awareness. This is Nawrocki’s ‘Bottom Line’ on Bradley Roby,
“Smallish, quick-twitch, speedy, physical cornerback with an intriguing combination of urgent athleticism, ball skills, tackling ability and scheme versatility. Appeals to zone and man teams, should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor and has a ceiling as a No. 2.”
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