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

By Paul Klee Updated: May 9, 2014 at 7:55 am

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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