Charles Davis: ‘Already Questions About Bradley Roby’

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COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 6: Bradley Roby #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes steps in front of Quincy Enunwa #18 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers to intercept a pass at Ohio Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Roby returned the interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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This past weekend, Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby – considered by some a top-10 NFL Draft pick – was charged with OVI after police found him asleep in his car. According to a sobriety test, Roby’s blood-alcohol level was 0.08, which his agent, Michael Perrett, referred to as “negligible.”

There’s just one problem: 0.08 means Roby was legally drunk.

“That makes no sense to me,” FOX Sports and analyst Charles Davis said on The John Feinstein Show, referring to Perrett’s statement. “Take the hit and move on. I think what he tried to do was minimize the hit, and what he forgot to think was, ‘If I try to minimize the hit, I just open myself up to this topic continuing to swirl.’ And then astute men such as yourself say, ‘Hold on a second. Negligible, in the eyes of the law, is not 0.08 – because that is legally drunk.’

“You got to work with me here,” Davis continued. “Negligible would have had (a lot of zeroes and then an 8). Now we’re talking negligible. But when you hit the legal number and try to call it negligible, guess what? We’re talking about it. And that’s what he did. He actually went in reverse.”

So, what effect, if any, will this have on Roby’s draft stock?

“It depends on your body of work prior to (the offense),” Davis said. “Let’s just take it with Bradley Roby. There were already questions about him. He had the bar fight last summer, (and he was) suspended for the season-opener and did not start Game 2. There were questions about his maturity to begin with. He wanted to come out for the draft after last season and influences kept him in school – a lot of that attributed to his family wanting him to stay in school, wanting him to graduate. And I think he pouted a little bit, to be frank. There was a quote from Urban Meyer, who said (Roby) had NFL hangover last spring.”

“An ironic term under the circumstances,” Feinstein quipped.

“Very much so. Very much an ironic term,” Davis said. “But that’s what (Meyer) said. He said (Roby) had NFL regret and he wasn’t playing up to capabilities. Plus, when he realized he wasn’t starting the season-opener, I’m not sure he came in ready for the season in a proper frame of mind, and it carried over through the first half of the season. Then the second half of the season, he played like the Bradley Roby we’re evaluating.”

As an evaluator, you have to decide which Roby you want to buy into.

“To me, 2012 and second half of 2013 edition, I had him really rising on my boards,” Davis said. “I really had him jumping up. In fact, my big mouth has been saying for the last week, week-and-a-half that it would not shock me at all if he was one of the top two cornerbacks off the board – ahead of either a Justin Gilbert or a Darqueze Dennard, who have been acknowledged as the top guys for as long as we can remember. That’s how much (Roby’s) stock had risen in my eyes and from what I was hearing around the league.

“So because of his body of work and because there were questions before, he was working to overcome some of those. If any teams had questions about his maturity and how he was conducting himself, he might have been taken off of some teams’ boards. They might have said, ‘Forget it. We’re done with him.’ Others have downgraded him significantly. Others, well, you know, different strokes for different teams. They may very well just go, ‘Listen, let’s find out more about the case before we take him off (our board). Maybe now instead of taking him where we would in the first, we might consider him in the second or the third.’”

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