Despite some reports, Broncos' first-round pick says 'I'm not a bad guy'

By: Paul Klee
May 8, 2014 Updated: May 9, 2014 at 7:55 am
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Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Denver Broncos as the 31st pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

CENTENNIAL - Search for "Bradley Roby" on the Internet and one of the first things that pops up?

Character concerns.

That didn't scare away the Denver Broncos from making Roby their first-round pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. The Broncos snagged the Ohio State cornerback at No. 31.

At 5-foot-11, 194 pounds, Roby was a star for the Buckeyes. Still, some draft analysts questioned whether his troubles off the field would force him out of the first round.

Roby was issued a citation for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (OVI) in April and allegedly was involved in a bar fight in 2013.

"I'm not a bad guy," Roby said on a conference call with Broncos media after he was selected.

"In both situations I never committed a crime," he added.

The Broncos were bound to target a defensive player with their only pick in the first round. They got a supreme athlete who had 69 tackles and three interceptions in his final season in the Big Ten. Roby was named a third-team All-American.

"I did not have any indication (it would be the Broncos). I didn't come for a visit or anything," Roby said. "It was actually a surprise, you know. But I'm actually glad. It's going to be a great place for me."

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