Bradley Roby Scouting Report

A lot has been made of Roby’s 2013 performance, he’s had a ‘down’ year in coverage. tOSU’s DC chose to leave Roby on an island this year, and he didn’t respond well. Roby has the tools, and is a great athlete, the problem is, he relies on athleticism instead of playing sound football with good technique.

Where He Excels

  • Athleticism
  • When the play is in front of him
  • Run Fits

Roby has all the athleticism in the world. I expect him to run well, like 4.35 well. Roby looks to have good lower body strength, and is an above average leaper. Look for him to be a top 5 performer in the vertical jump.Not only is he a great athlete, but he mostly plays with a good motor. Roby is a very active player throughout the play. He looks very comfortable in zone, or in man coverage when the play is in front of him. He does a good job in zone of reading the QB’s eyes and recognizing where he wants to go with the ball. He’s also showed he understands how long to funnel the WR in the zone, and then pass him along and get to #2. He also does a good job of coming off routes, and jumping other routes for potential big plays.

In man, on shorter throws, Roby shows off his change of direction skills. He’s usually in good position to make a play on the ball. Roby transitions easy on most routes, and does a good job of taking away high percentage throws. As far at the running game, he’s excellent at filling the running lanes, being where he is supposed to be, and is an above-average tackler who is willing to stick his nose in there and make a play. He’s constantly active in the run game. The same goes for quick screens, as he diagnoses the play quickly, and makes the play.

Where He Needs Work

  • Technique
  • Eye Discipline

Roby plays like a strict athlete most of the time, and can get away with it, because he’s such a good athlete. His speed allows him to get away with a lot. But he needs to refine his technique. As active as he is when he goes to tackle, he launches himself about half the time, causing him to miss tackles. In coverage, Roby gets high in is backpedal. What this does is force his feet to get wide when he goes to break on the ball, making it hard to get in and out of his breaks on out breaking routes, at times.

His eye discipline is also a problem. Roby will get caught peeking in the backfield far too often. Instead of reading the pattern, his eyes are in the backfield and that’s what gets him beat. Again, his speed helps him make up for this, but at the next level he won’t be able to get away with it. These are the 2 main reasons he’s struggled in coverage.

Though it’s not a weakness, have noticed he drops routine interceptions, it doesn’t seem like he has good, strong hands.

Grade/Final Thought

Grades can always be explained here

 

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0

 

Skill Weight Grade
Long Speed 2 2
Closing Speed/Accleration 2 2
Ball Skills 3 2.6
Eye Discipline 2 1.2
Strength 2 1.6
Athleticism 2 2
Route Recognition/Instincts 3 2.6
Tackling/Blitz Ability 2 1.8
Cover Skills 4 3.7
Change of Direction/Feet 3 2.8

Roby was called on to play the boundary corner, and play on an island. His DC did him no favors early in the season by giving him no help. Roby needs to refine his technique, and stop peeking in the backfield as much as he does. He’s a great athlete, but that doesn’t win in the NFL, where everyone is. Still, you can’t teach his tools, and even though he’s lost some 50/50 bills, he’s always in a position to make a play on the ball. Then you factor in his read and react ability in the run game, how he fills the lanes, and his instincts in zone coverage, Roby is still a very good player. If he fixes his technique, he can be great against the press. I feel like once Roby’s role is simplified, he’ll revert to the player he was a year ago. That, and he’ll have help in the NFL, as it’s rare to find a CB playing so much Cover 0.

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