5’11” – 192 lbs. – 4.40e
2011: 47 – 3.5 – 0.0, 1 FF, 6 PD, 3 INT
2012: 62 – 2.0 – 1.0, 1 FR (1 TD), 17 PD, 2 INT (1 TD), 1 KB (PR TD)
Redshirted in 2010, then started all thirteen games for the Buckeyes in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, a role he reprised in 2012, being named a first-team All-Big 10 selection that season.
• Will graduate with three years of starting experience in a major program.
• Aggressive player who exhibits the confidence top cornerbacks need.
• Tall, long-limbed prospect who will stay on the outside at the next level.
• Outstanding speed allows him to easily run downfield with receivers.
• Possesses quality ball skills, gets his hands on plenty of pass attempts.
• Well-versed in both man and zone coverage, more effective in man.
• Explosive enough to recover when beat, has impressive acceleration.
• Not afraid to mix it up and get physical with receivers in press coverage.
• Willing run supporter, rangy and can run down ballcarriers in the open.
• Despite his experience, still possesses considerable untapped potential.
• Has a slightly thin build, may be asked to gain some additional bulk.
• Doesn’t always play up to his physical tools, questionable awareness.
• Backpedal looks pretty sloppy due overreliance on his physical tools.
• Gets a little bit too aggressive at times and is caught out of position.
• Susceptible to receivers running double-moves, caught out of position.
• Had a somewhat inconsistent junior campaign, was burned a few times.
Roby is the most physically-talented cornerback in the class, with the speed and length to develop into a team’s top cornerback option. His confident on-field demeanor and ball skills suggest an elite prospect, but the fact of the matter is that he consistently demonstrates overconfidence in his physical tools, leading to some sloppy technique, particularly in his backpedal, and a willingness to take questionable gambles in coverage, leading to inconsistent play. Whether or not he is the top cornerback selected will depend on the extent to which teams looking for cornerbacks value physical gifts. RD 1