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Peachtree Ridge grad Roby likely to be first-round NFL draft pick

Bradley Roby did a lot of talking at the NFL combine and his on-field results made their own statement.

The Peachtree Ridge grad is considered a likely first-round pick in today’s draft and Roby has done what he could to impress.

Now it’s a wait-and-see game for the cornerback out of Ohio State.

“I’m not concerned or anything,” Roby said. “Whatever is meant for me is meant for me. I’m just ready to play football.”

The consensus among draft analysts has Roby going somewhere between picks 20-26.

Roby said he had a good feeling about several teams’ interest after the combine and more interviews in the months leading up to tonight.

“That’s the thing about this year’s draft — there’s depth at my position and I’m at the top, but you never know,” Roby said. “You can never really gauge a team’s interest. You only know when they pick you.”

Roby was a standout for the Buckeyes for three seasons. After redshirting in 2010, he started all 11 games in 2011 and had 47 tackles, six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

In 2012, Roby tied the Ohio State record for pass breakups (17) and had 63 tackles in 11 starts. He was a semifinalist for the Thorpe award and led the nation with 19 passes defended.

Roby was suspended for last season’s opener by head coach Urban Meyer after an off-field incident, but finished with 70 tackles and three interceptions. He missed the Orange Bowl with a bone bruise in his knee and spent some time after the season rehabbing the injury, which was still an issue at the combine.

“My 40 time was good, but I can run faster,” Roby said.

“I was still rehabbing the knee injury and I wasn’t able to get back as quick as I wanted. But I was still able to run a good time and in the field work drills I probably had one of the best ones there.

“Leaving there, I displayed why I’m a top pick.”

Roby was a top performer in the 40-yard dash at the combine and has a 38 1/2-inch vertical. His time in the three-cone drill (4.04 seconds) illustrated agility and foot speed. Roby is versatile, but lacks some of the size preferred at cornerback (5-foot-11).

He also spent significant time in interviews, formal and informal, with team representatives.

“I did a lot of talking, being real with the coaches,” Roby said. “I can only be me.”

One thing that Roby has always been credited for is his work ethic — and he thinks that will help with his transition to pro no matter who drafts him.

“It comes down to who works the hardest, who wants to get better,” Roby said. “I’m not worried about it.”