2013 Preseason Top 25 Players: No. 10, Bradley Roby

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It's time for the cream of the crop, the best of the best… whatever superlatives you want to use, we've reached the Top 10 in our countdown of the best players in the Big Ten entering 2013. So, it's only right we give you a quick rundown of who's dotted our countdown to date. 

No. 25: Christian Bryant (S, Ohio State)

No. 24: Ryan Groy (OL, Wisconsin)

No. 23: Isaiah Lewis (S, Michigan State)

No. 22: Carlos Hyde (RB, Ohio State)

No. 21: Denicos Allen (LB, Michigan State)

No. 20: Jacob Pedersen (TE, Wisconsin)

No. 19: Zac Epping (C, Minnesota)

No. 18: Jordan Hall (RB, Ohio State)

No. 17: Cody Latimer (WR, Indiana)

No. 16: Kenny Bell (WR, Nebraska) 

No. 15: James White (RB, Wisconsin)

No. 14: Kain Colter (QB, Northwestern)
No. 13: Jared Abbrederis (WR, Wisconsin)
No. 12: Venric Mark (RB, Northwestern)
No. 11: Ra'Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)

 

On to the guy who lands at lucky No. 10, it's a rare cornerback on our list – a sign that skill positions aren't the strength of the conference, or could it be that more are to come? You'll have to stick around for the rest of our countdown to the end of May! 

As for our No. 10 player, well he's certainly been an important player to the success of OSU football in the past few years. 

No. 10: Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State)

2012 Stats/Honors: 63 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 fumble recovery, 17 passes defensed, 2 INT's; consensus 1st team all-Big Ten

What makes him worthy: Well, if you take stock of rankings and NFL draft statuses, Roby would've been a sure fire 1st round pick just a month ago. Instead he is back for his junior season in Columbus – yes, I just said JUNIOR season, that's how good he's been over his first two seasons. With the fact that five of the front seven are new starters urban Meyer, Luke Fickell, and Co. are really glad he's back. 

He'll take on much more of a leadership role, something that he does need to get used to as others took on those roles in his time at tOSU. On the field though, it's hard to argue there's a more explosive play maker or ball hawk in the conference. 

Simply put this man is the real deal and already about as complete a package as you can get. He plays well in press coverage, zone coverage, isn't afraid to hit in open space and he's also a hell of a blitzer off the edge. Whenever he chooses to head to the NFL he's going to be a very high draft pick to say the least. 

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Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com

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