While most of the country watching Round 1 of the NFL Draft last night was obsessed with what would happen #BeforeManzielGetsDrafted, Broncos fans were seeing player after player from their hundreds of mock drafts fall off the board.
But once the Broncos were on the clock, John Elway surprised a few by taking Ohio State's Bradley Roby, a 5'11, 194-pound cornerback known for his athleticism on the field...but also a few recent poor decisions off the field.
Thrilled to add CB Bradley Roby. He's a tremendous talent at an area of need, and he was the highest-rated player left on our draft board.— John Elway (@johnelway) May 9, 2014
But the Broncos' third-year GM said Roby - who was their highest available player left - had a "tremendous upside" and would make an immediate impact.
Think that February game is still burning the Front Office? Between free agency and the first round pick, Elway has made it clear he expects a fast, tough, dominating defense with depth.
Character issues be damned. If ever there were a franchise to turn those around, it's the Broncos.
Elway on Roby's character: "We look at the history and character...young guy whose made some mistakes...not worried"
— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) May 9, 2014
Regardless of the cautious optimism from analysts, Broncos teammates and fans were quick to give Roby the Mile High Salute.
Welcome Roby to #noflyzone— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) May 9, 2014
@BradRoby_1 let's get this ship bro— Terrance Knighton (@MrKnighton2u) May 9, 2014
Good solid pick! Let's go to work bro! #OrangeCrush2k14— Danny Trevathan (@Grindin_59) May 9, 2014
@BradRoby_1 time to turn up lil Bruh! Let go!— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) May 9, 2014
So... The Broncos secondary got really scary in the off-season and added Roby from OSU. Gonna be fun back there right @chrisharrisjr— Mark Brandt (@markabrandt) May 9, 2014
And the Broncos' newest corner even got a nod on Twitter from his coach at Ohio State:
Congrats to Roby going to the Broncos in the first round. Great night for the Buckeyes!— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) May 9, 2014
So what does Roby think about coming into a recently beefed up defense?
Welcome to the Mile High city, Roby...as Trevathan says, let's get this done.