OVI charge for former Ohio State CB Roby could affect draft stock

Earlier this week, Roby was announced as one of the 30 players who will attend the NFL Draft in New York City.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence could influence the how the eyes of the NFL evaluate former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby with the NFL Draft just two weeks away.

WBNS 10TV in Columbus reported on Thursday that Roby was charged by Columbus Police last weekend with OVI after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a car and failed a field sobriety test. Roby’s agent, Michael Perrett, painted a different picture of the situation in a statement to the ElevenWarriors.com website, saying that Roby "was fully cooperative and willingly submitted to field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. His BAC test registered a negligible .008 and after further testing at the police station, he was very quickly released on his own recognizance."

Ohio’s legal limit for impaired driving is a blood-alcohol content of .08, or 10 times what Roby’s agent said he registered.

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The legal matter is pending, and the timing of the incident regardless of the result doesn’t bode well for Roby’s draft stock.

Roby was arrested last summer after a late-night incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar, though those charges were later dropped. A top athlete and cornerback prospect in this year’s draft, Roby has been projected since last summer as a potential first-round pick despite having just an OK 2013 season.

Earlier this week, Roby was announced as one of the 30 players who will attend the NFL Draft in New York City.

NFL scouts were on campus to see Roby the first day they were allowed last August — though he played on the second-team defense in Ohio State’s first open practice as part of his punishment for the Bloomington bar incident and was suspended for the season opener. He played 2013 as a fourth-year junior but had his picture taken with the seniors before the season and never hid his intentions to enter the 2014 draft.