Bradley Roby: Bengals were going to pick me in 2014

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The Broncos have an embarrassment of riches at the cornerback position. They nearly didn’t.

In a recent profile from Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post, cornerback Bradley Roby said that the Bengals had told him he’d be their pick with the 24th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft.

“Don’t worry about it,” Roby said the Bengals told him. “We’re going to pick you.”

They didn’t, possibly due to the OVI charge that came after the Bengals made that vow. Yes, the team that routinely is accused of giving too many second chances to athletes who get into trouble away from the field chose not to give one to Roby, drafting cornerback Darqueze Dennard instead.

And while neither Roby nor Dennard have become full-time starters with their respective teams, Roby is stuck behind Aqib Talib and Chris Harris, Jr. (The Bengals apparently expect Dennard to become a full-time starter sooner than later, given the decision to pick up his fifth-year option at $8.5 million for 2018.)

Adding to the intrigue is that Broncos coach Vance Joseph served as the defensive backs coach in Cincinnati three years ago. It would be interesting to know whether and to what extent Joseph lobbied for Roby or, alternatively, took the position that he shouldn’t be drafted after the arrest. For now, it sounds as if Joseph believes in Roby.

“Roby is a young corner that could be really, really special. He’s playing behind two Pro Bowl guys,” Joseph told Jhabvala. “From time to time, he has to push himself to continue to become what they are. That’s tough because on most teams, he would be a starter.”

Roby believes that, eventually, he’ll be a starter in Denver.

“My time is coming,” Roby said. “I’m not really worried about that. I just want them to know that I’m a baller and when I get on that field I’m going to ball.”

When he’s had chances during his first three NFL seasons, he has done well. And, at some point, the Broncos will have to choose whether to keep paying big money to Talib and Harris or to give some of that money to Roby and backfill with a younger player — unless Denver can justify devoting significant cap dollars to three cornerbacks.

If Denver can’t, Roby can always sign as a free agent with the Bengals.

26 responses to “Bradley Roby: Bengals were going to pick me in 2014

  1. As a Bengals fan I would much rather have Roby than Dennard, whenever Dennard has gotten an opportunity to play he hasn’t look like a potential starter/game changer.

    I think he’d be a better fit a safety, he’s a bit stiff and slow to be a shut down NFL corner.

    Roby has the skill set to be a very good NFL corner, he’s just playing behind two Pro Bowlers so that’s why he’s not starting yet.

  2. This Bronco fan thinks Elway has been a very good, but not excellent GM and this is one example.

    One of his weaknesses is recognizing a players off the field value. In other words sometimes you can get a lot via trades.

    It’s unwise to have such talent sitting on the bench when the team has other glaring holes.

    That was the kind of strategy that brought in Champ Bailey. They traded one good player for another and got better because of it.

    I say trade away your oldest guy while he’s got great value and promote Roby.

  3. When Alex Smith can take advantage of you, you’re ok I guess. Nothing to write home about though.

  4. “Yes, the team that routinely is accused of giving too many second chances to athletes who get into trouble away from the field chose not to give one to Roby, ”

    They have to because of dorks like you.

  5. Why does this matter and why is this news?

    This guy would never play for the Pats. Ever.

    It’s players like this who want it to about them that ruin teams.

  6. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says:
    Jun 27, 2017 9:06 AM
    superpatriotsfan says:
    Jun 27, 2017 8:49 AM
    See kids, cheating really does pay off!
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    FINALLY!!!! An honest Pats fan!

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    ^^IQ below 100

    He’s a troll posing as a Pats fan. Good luck getting along in life being so dumb.

  7. denverdave3 says:
    Jun 27, 2017 8:37 AM
    This Bronco fan thinks Elway has been a very good, but not excellent GM and this is one example.

    One of his weaknesses is recognizing a players off the field value. In other words sometimes you can get a lot via trades.

    It’s unwise to have such talent sitting on the bench when the team has other glaring holes.

    That was the kind of strategy that brought in Champ Bailey. They traded one good player for another and got better because of it.

    I say trade away your oldest guy while he’s got great value and promote Roby.

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    He’s very mediocre at drafting.

    Can you name 1 great player he drafted?

    Every player of substance was signed to a bloated deal in FA, causing cap hell.

    When Elway took over in 2012, he’s done nothing special other than open a checkbook.

    Anyone can do that. He’s very lucky the Pats were so injured in 2013 and 2015. That’s his claim to fame….NE’s rash of injuries.

  8. They likely told him that believing Dennard, who was the top CB in the class, would be long gone by 24. The Browns took Gilbert at 9, letting Dennard fall to the Bengals.

    Dennard has been fine, and will be fine.

  9. If If’s and butt’s was candies and nuts then we’d all have a Merry Christmas. You could say this every year about many teams who say they are going to do one thing and then do something else.

    In hindsight, yes it looks like the Bengals blew this. However, Dennard was the highest rated, if not 2nd highest rated cb in the draft that season. He has had some injuries and hasn’t been able to stay on the field. This will be his make or break season but even if he pans out, it looks like the Broncos got the better player. Congrats.

  10. why does EVERY story have to come back to the PATRIOTS??????

    oh YES, now I remember…they are the greatest team in the history of sports and the fans of all the other teams cry themselves to sleep at night covered in tears of shame and jealousy!

    carry on!

  11. The second half of last season, Dennard was healthy and he was playing excellent. I thought that he was so much better than Pacman and he should have started.

  12. “He’s very mediocre at drafting.

    Can you name 1 great player he drafted?

    Every player of substance was signed to a bloated deal in FA, causing cap hell.

    When Elway took over in 2012, he’s done nothing special other than open a checkbook.

    Anyone can do that. He’s very lucky the Pats were so injured in 2013 and 2015. That’s his claim to fame….NE’s rash of injuries.”

    Derek Wolfe, Danny Trevathan, Shane Ray, ummmm Von Miller.

    Internet harder, basement dweller.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 27, 2017 11:32 AM

    He’s very mediocre at drafting.

    Can you name 1 great player he drafted?

    Every player of substance was signed to a bloated deal in FA, causing cap hell.

    When Elway took over in 2012, he’s done nothing special other than open a checkbook.

    Anyone can do that. He’s very lucky the Pats were so injured in 2013 and 2015. That’s his claim to fame….NE’s rash of injuries.

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    I agree that Elway is overrated as a GM but Denver had injuries too in those years. I believe Von Miller was out in 2013 and they had offensive line injuries in 2015. We just got beat but we were still competitive thanks to being well coached by the GOAT Belichick.

  14. As far as the video is concerned you’re right about Dalton. However, he is who he is and he has done his best. This team has talent (had more before free agency started to drain them 2 seasons ago) but they are good enough to get back to the playoffs. I don’t believe they can go far in the playoffs due to the deficiency of the coaching staff and the inability to make in game adjustments. This team usually wins with hard nosed get after it defense and a ball control offense. You get the Bengals off balance and out of sync and they just fall apart. The offensive line was bad last year and losing their best two lineman this season makes me wince at the thought out of how potentially worse it could be this year. I don’t have much faith this team can win a playoff game this year with all of the veteran talent they have lost the past two seasons. They will have their moments but they won’t have the consistency.

  15. I agree that Elway is overrated as a GM but Denver had injuries too in those years. I believe Von Miller was out in 2013 and they had offensive line injuries in 2015. We just got beat but we were still competitive thanks to being well coached by the GOAT Belichick.

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    Fair enough.

    I just find it funny that Elway is called “The Don” for trying to win in a short window, which magically worked, with a ton of luck.

    He’s done little to budget for in-house draft picks that were good, and he’s done little to replace them. Look at the O Line. It’s not good.

    I am sorry, but if the Pats had a healthy Edelman, Dion Lewis, and Marcus Cannon, James Develin, etc, etc, etc in 2105, they beat the Broncos in that title game. There is no doubt in my mind.

    Something happened with Gomer’s Guyer connection after 2013, where Denver all looked like super NFL robots playing 3x faster than everyone else.

    Goodell did nothing, and the rest is history.

  16. beeroncos says:
    Jun 27, 2017 12:26 PM

    “He’s very mediocre at drafting.

    Can you name 1 great player he drafted?

    Every player of substance was signed to a bloated deal in FA, causing cap hell.

    When Elway took over in 2012, he’s done nothing special other than open a checkbook.

    Anyone can do that. He’s very lucky the Pats were so injured in 2013 and 2015. That’s his claim to fame….NE’s rash of injuries.”

    Derek Wolfe, Danny Trevathan, Shane Ray, ummmm Von Miller.

    Internet harder, basement dweller.

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    Don’t forget Malik Jackson in the 5th round.

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    tylawspick6 says:
    Jun 27, 2017 2:14 PM

    I agree that Elway is overrated as a GM but Denver had injuries too in those years. I believe Von Miller was out in 2013 and they had offensive line injuries in 2015. We just got beat but we were still competitive thanks to being well coached by the GOAT Belichick.

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    Fair enough.

    I just find it funny that Elway is called “The Don” for trying to win in a short window, which magically worked, with a ton of luck.

    He’s done little to budget for in-house draft picks that were good, and he’s done little to replace them. Look at the O Line. It’s not good.

    I am sorry, but if the Pats had a healthy Edelman, Dion Lewis, and Marcus Cannon, James Develin, etc, etc, etc in 2105, they beat the Broncos in that title game. There is no doubt in my mind.

    Something happened with Gomer’s Guyer connection after 2013, where Denver all looked like super NFL robots playing 3x faster than everyone else.

    Goodell did nothing, and the rest is history.

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    Dude, we had Edelman healthy, Dion Lewis, Marcus Cannon, etc, etc, in 2016 and we scored less points than we did in 2015. We scored 18 points in 2015 and 16 points in 2016. Their offense just couldn’t do anything unlike in AFCC game when Manning outplayed Brady and scored twice as many TDs. They beat us fair and square, no excuses.

  18. Denver has 8 figure cap space right now, 8 figures in ’18, and more than $42 million in ’19. The cap stuff is just fantastical troll propaganda.

    You can criticize Elway for some things, but he built one of the best D’s ever, and has never had to release a good player over cap issues.

    If you want to really rip him, and keep it relevant to Roby, look at how the megaproject Brock Oswieler had Denver picking Roby when Carr and Bridgewater fell to Denver’s lap. I love Roby, but even NE would pale to a Derrik Carr led Broncos squad.

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