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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Ohio State Cornerback Bradley Roby

April 10th, 2014 at 10:48 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers saw three prospects tour the teams practice facility on Thursday, all from the defensive side of the ball. Included in the list of the latest pre-draft visitors is at least one prospect that could be their first-round target. Those players were Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.

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While there is no question that the Steelers must retool their defense, one has to wonder exactly which position they are targeting early in the draft. While two safeties and two linebackers have visited this week, they have spent time with multiple cornerbacks with high grades as well.

The next player on our list to review was a teammate with Shazier at Ohio State, cornerback Bradley Roby. Yes, he may lack prototypical size (5-11, 192-pounds) he makes up for that with blazing speed (4.39 40-yard dash) and playing with an aggressive edge. More importantly, he has an innate feel for mirroring receivers in coverage. An experienced playmaker, he does play with a physical style in the running game, which compliments assertive coverage abilities. Unfortunately, because of his size and hard-hitting styles, Roby has suffered through a string of nagging injuries over the past two seasons.

Roby is an intriguing prospect and one that could fit into the Steelers plans in the first round. Experienced in off-man coverage, he has the look of a player that could step in sooner than later. It would not be a surprise to see his name on the commissioners card early in the draft.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Defensive Backs

Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson (Profile 3/28)

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Profile 3/29)

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (Profile 4/6)

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (Profile 4/10)

Wide Receivers

Pittsburgh State wide receiver John Brown (Profile 3/31)

Mississippi wide receiver Dante Moncrief (Profile 4/3)

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington (Profile 4/5)

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant (Profile 4/7)

Running Backs

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (Profile 4/1)

Safety

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (Profile 4/8)

Minnesota safety Brock Vereen (Profile 4/8)

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Tags: Bradley Roby, Deone Bucannon, Football, Jordan Zumwalt, NFL, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, pre-draft visitors, Prospect Profiles, Ryan Shazier

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