Some may be wondering how I could include a player who will not be a full-time starter until this season on the list. With today’s NFL, the third corner plays just as many snaps as a starter. Bradley Roby played 674 snaps last season compared to Chris Harris Jr’s 869.
Roby’s emergence as an elite, shutdown corner is part of the reason Aqib Talib is no longer in Denver. The fifth-year veteran out of Ohio State is currently playing on his fifth-year rookie option and is in line for a significant pay increase after this season.
For 2017, Pro Football Focus has Roby ranked as the 25th best corner with a grade of 84.0. NFL Analyst Ian Wharton takes this analysis a few steps further and comes out with Roby ranking as a top five corner for 2017.
Regardless of the metric, we can all agree, we are happy to have Roby roaming the secondary in Denver.
With the official title of starter, I fully expect Roby to make his first Pro Bowl appearance this year. I don’t anticipate it being his only appearance either.