Beyond the Mock: CB Bradley Roby

Several mock drafts -- including two from prominent sources -- have the Chargers picking up Ohio State CB Bradley Roby at No. 25 overall pick. Is this potential selection one that can lift the Chargers defense to the next level? To find out, we chat with Jeff Svoboda of BuckeyeSports.com.

Several prominent analysts -- including ESPN's Mel Kiper and CBSSports.com's Rob Rang -- predict San Diego will use the No. 25 overall pick on Bradley Roby.

San Diego has an obvious need at cornerback. And even with the re-signing of Richard Marshall, the addition of Brandon Ghee and the return of 2013 fifth-round pick Steve Williams, the starting spot across from Shareece Wright remains very much up for grabs.

Roby has the skills to claim that position right out of the gate. He is an outstanding, competitive athlete with elite speed. Also, he has already gone on record saying he could love to play for the Chargers.

What does San Diego get if Tom Telesco tabs Roby in the first round? To find out, we solicited the following scouting report from Jeff Svoboda of BuckeyeSports.com.

"Bradley Roby is one of the more charismatic players Ohio State has had over the past few years, showing a confident, almost cocky, demeanor in his play and in his off-field dealings with the media and fans on Twitter. He generally backed it up, especially during his sophomore season of 2012 when he led the nation in passes defended per game.

"Roby is one of the fastest players Ohio State has had in recent years, often racing from behind to track down players who thought they had gotten behind the defense and had a free pass to the end zone. His closing speed while defending passes is elite as well, and he's not afraid to be physical and mix it up against the run.

"It's true he didn't seem to be the same player in 2013 as he was the year before that, but the scuttlebutt was that he took some time to get mentally focused after passing up the NFL Draft the year prior and also while dealing with an offseason incident in a bar that led to an arrest, though charges were later dismissed.

"He blocked a couple of kicks in his career, too, and in general can just be described as a playmaker. He had some impressive showings in big games, too, picking off two passes and returning one for a TD in a prime-time showdown versus Nebraska in 2012, breaking up seven passes later that year in front of a raucous crowd at Penn State, and blocking a punt for a TD in a close win this year vs. Northwestern."



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.


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