Posted: 3:40 pm Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

NFL combine: Big Ten corners Roby, Dennard shine 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Suwanee, Ga., native tied for the Buckeyes' team lead with three interceptions. Roby (1) also blocked a pair of kicks. He paced the defensive backs with 13 pass break-ups this season. (By Gregory Shamus.)

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The Suwanee, Ga., native tied for the Buckeyes’ team lead with three interceptions. Roby (1) also blocked a pair of kicks. He paced the defensive backs with 13 pass break-ups this season. (By Gregory Shamus.)

Two Big Ten cornerbacks from Georgia had strong workouts on the final day of the NFL scouting combine on Tuesday.

Former Ohio State standout Bradley Roby, of Peachtree Ridge High, and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, of Twiggs County High, solidified their status as first-round draft picks for the upcoming NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10.

Roby ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, which was the fourth-fastest time of the cornerbacks. He also finished in the top 10 in the vertical jump, bench-press and broad jump.

Chart of the DBs today.

Chart of the DBs today.

Dennard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, which was the 13th fastest time and he was 13th in the bench press with 15 lifts of 225 pounds.

Georgia Tech’s Jemea Thomas and Georgia Southern’s Lavelle Westbrooks also participated in the combine.

Thomas had a strong day as he finished sixth in the bench press (19), eighth in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and 13th in the vertical jump (37 inches).

Westbrooks played at Riverdale High.

Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler had the best broad jump of the safeties at 10 feet, 7 inches. He had the second-best bench press (24) and third-best vertical (36.5).

5 comments
RandyHall
RandyHall

@ crackbaby....don't you agree it would have been great if those 2 corners had played @ UGA...I know it is a total team effort but both Ohio State and Michigan State have been playing great ball over the last several years...and these guys really helped their respective Teams...I think UGA will be seeing the benefits of evaluating talent and recruiting talent w/ the new staff...and you must realize R Garner was not busting his butt those last several years @  UGA; so these kids were probably overlooked!! Time for more OL...and time for CMR to win a NC!!! 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

Not getting those guys to play at the in-State Colleges (GT or UGA) really hurt like hell this past season.

If both of those guys are playing for UGA they easily win 4 more games and makes a serious run at playing FSU for the BCS-title.

Just goes to show, on the College level BCS titles really  are won the 1st Wed. in Feb.

JacketMan
JacketMan

Jemea actually put up 19 reps in the bench press, not 15.

crackbaby
crackbaby

@MikeBanningPathetic statements - hindsight is 20/20. Here is some context for reasonable people (not you). 


Dennard was unrecruited in high, a ZERO star athlete.  He was noticed by MSU coaches in the last game of his HS career.  He was 5"10" 175 lbs.  If Paul Johnson signed him you would have castigated his inability to recruit top players.


Roby was a 3 star athlete (Rivals).  


"If both of those guys are playing for UGA they easily win 4 more games and makes a serious run at playing FSU for the BCS-title"    You are entitled to your opinion but this is a ridiculous statement.


So recruiting is overrated as demonstrated by the development IN COLLEGE (after high school) of these two kids.  Please note that neither MSU or OSU won the BCS title.  WTF are you talking about?