In an off season that has seen a complete overhaul of it’s defense, the Denver Broncos took a “top 15 talent” with it’s Round One selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Denver drafted Ohio State cornerbeck Bradley Roby Thursday night. It was the fourth straight draft where Denver has gone with a defensive selection.
While most of Broncos’ nation was hoping for a move up in the round to grab Alabama middle linebacker CJ Mosely, this was possibly the next best selection Denver and GM John Elway could’ve made. Champ Bailey is gone. Chris Harris won’t be 100% for a while. And, frankly, this is a pass first league. A tough cornerback is not a commodity, it’s a necessity.
The 5-foot-11, 194-pound defensive back was a starter in all 37 games Roby played throughout his tenure with the Buckeyes. At Ohio State he intercepted eight passes and broke up 36 more, ranking third in school history with 226 interception return yards. He returned two of those for touchdowns and scored a total of five touchdowns on defense and special teams.
Elway said in his Thursday night presser, “We were actually thrilled to get Bradley at No. 31. He was the highest-rated guy left on our board by a long shot.
“He can run and he is smart. We were thrilled he was there at 31. He’s a guy that we didn’t think would be there. He has that tremendous talent and, really, tremendous upside.”