When the Broncos selected Bradley Roby with the 31st selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the first thought came to mind was “wow, what a steal!” Between Roby and Fuller I couldn’t decide whom I was higher on so I had them ranked 1a and 1b. Roby was pro-ready from the get go and I disliked he went to a rival of my favorite team.
Roby quickly entered the season as the team’s nickel corner and had an impressive rookie season that he’ll continue to build on as we enter 2015. He saw 859 snaps (2 starts) and recorded a 1.2 pass coverage rating via PFF but graded poorly overall at -1.7 which isn’t that bad as a rookie. Roby was thrown at 98 times and allowed 63 receptions; a 64 percent conversion rate. He allowed 7 TDs while getting 2 interceptions and 11 pass deflections. He racked up 64 total tackles (62 solo) which was good for 3rd on the team.
He posted a season high 9 solo tackles against the Bills and that was without the generosity of the Bills home stat crew. Roby started off the season hot too as he posted 7 tackles and 3 pass deflections against the Colts, it was just the beginning of what’s to come from the rookie. One thing going for Roby is he excels at open field tackling (see all the solo tackles he racks up) and doesn’t back down from contact. He’ll play physical with any WR or ball carrier on the field; it wouldn’t matter who it is. For someone who is behind Chris Harris and Aqib Talib on the depth chart, he sure knows how to stand out and that says a lot for an up and coming stellar cornerback in the NFL.
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IDP Impact: Roby will definitely build off of his stellar rookie season. It’s been talked about by the coaching staff to have Roby play some free safety, which would only increase his value. He’ll not only see the field more because he’d move to safety in base packages, but this should help increase his tackle numbers and create more turnovers playing centerfield. His only competition is Darian Stewart, nothing to worry about. Kubiak wants his best players on the field at all times. Wouldn’t make sense to keep your playmakers on the sidelines, right? Now they say you can pretty much grab any CB/DB but there are a bunch that you should be targeting and Roby is one of those. If you start a CB in your league, Roby has CB1 potential and in DB leagues he’s a solid DB2 option but you don’t have to reach for him (for now).
2015 Forecast: 80 tackles 5 interceptions 14 pass deflections – IDP Profile: Prince Amukamara (healthy)