Broncos rookie Roby brags about picking off Peyton

Bradley Roby had his first “welcome to the NFL” moment, but it wasn’t the typical ego-deflating horror story you tend to hear about.

Just the opposite.

The Broncos’ rookie cornerback recorded a pick-six against Peyton Manning in an offseason practice, providing a memory he won’t soon forget.

“I picked him off and went to the house,” Roby said, per the Akron Beacon Journal. “It was a proud moment for me because he’s a legend. I don’t want to put him on front street, but that’s been one of my highest moments.”

Roby, selected with the 31st overall pick, wasn’t the first corner chosen. Or the second, third, or fourth. But that doesn’t mean he’s less talented than Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, Darqueze Dennard, or Jason Verrett.

Just the opposite.

“I think I’m the best out of them,” Roby said. “And I look to show that this year.”

Roby, who possesses 4.39 wheels and a 38 1/2-inch vertical, will certainly get to showcase his skills in his first season. Drafted as a replacement for Champ Bailey, he’s tentatively penciled in as a starter opposite free agent prize Aqib Talib.

That Roby is exuding such confidence and carries a presumably big chip on his shoulder is an excellent sign for both his development and the Broncos’ prospects in 2014.

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Zack Kelberman
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