49ers’ Scott Brown scouts Bradley Roby at Ohio State Pro Day

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Shelby Lum

With the San Francisco 49ers in search of a starting caliber NFL cornerback, they will likely target that need via the draft and not free-agency. A cheaper, younger, and more long-term investment, as the 49ers have already scouted TCU’s CB Jason Verrett at his Pro Day yesterday, it was Ohio State Buckeye CB Bradley Roby that was under the microscope today. According to scout.com’s Chris Biderman, Midlands regional scout Scott Brown is on hand today for Roby’s Pro Day, as he tweeted:

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A scout responsible for that region, as head scout Matt Malaspina controls the Southeastern Region, it was Brown’s turn to assess the deep cornerback draft class. Brown, a former defensive line coach for Arizona State and Colorado State (2008-2010) while also having stints with Duke (1996-2007), Minnesota (1992-1995), TCU (1983-1991), SW Texas State (1980-1983), and Adams State (1976-1979), there’s no question that Brown brings an abundance of defensive knowledge.

The 49ers have not drafted an Ohio State Buckeye since the 2008 NFL Draft when they selected current free-agent ILB Larry Grant in the seventh-round (No. 214). According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, he believes that Roby will be off the board by the time the 49ers pick at No. 30 as he has him slated to go to the Philadelphia Eagles, as he said:

” The best values at this spot for Philadelphia are going to be at cornerback, outside linebacker and safety can wait until later, especially if the top two safeties are off the board as they are in this scenario. Roby needs to be coached up, as he got burned several times this season as a result of poor discipline, but his size, speed, athleticism and playmaking ability make him capable of developing into a shutdown corner on the outside.”

A fair assessment and one that I concur with whole heartedly. And can anyone remember the last time the 49ers drafted an Ohio State Buckeye that was a cornerback? That honor goes to none other than CB Ahmed Plummer as the 49ers drafted him in the first-round (No. 24) of the 2000 NFL Draft. A cornerback that was the most fundamentally sound and NFL ready of any cornerback coming out, his ceiling did have a cap. Not, Roby as he is a more flashier and aggressive type of player.

With the 49ers holding the No. 30 pick in the first-round, will they trade up and draft Gilbert, Verrett, or Roby? Time will tell, but one thing is for sure, the 49ers are going to target a cornerback early as this draft class is filled with talent.

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