Stephen Roberts

Auburn
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Prospect Info

College
Auburn
Hometown
Class
Opelika, AL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
186 lbs
31 3/8”
Hands
8 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.40
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.53
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
34.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Roberts grew up in Opelika, Ala., which is a hop, skip, and a jump from Auburn University. His uncle, Mike, was a running back for the Tigers. So when AU coaches came calling to the two-time all-state pick and Under Armour All-American Game participant, it was no surprise that Roberts signed on the dotted line. He played in 12 games as a reserve as a true freshman (three tackles, forced fumble). In 2015, coaches put him in the starting lineup for the last four games of the year (26 tackles, three pass breakups in 13 games). Roberts started his junior season on a sour note, being arrested for eluding the police and possession of a firearm without a permit. He was suspended for the opener but started eight of 12 games played over the course of 2016 (57 tackles, 1.5 for loss, two interceptions, two pass breakups). Roberts moved from free to strong safety for the 2017 campaign, starting all 14 games, recording 50 tackles, six for loss, and seven pass breakups.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
NFL Comparison
Aaron Williams
Overview
Roberts is faster and more athletic than many of the safeties in this draft, but he's also smaller. Roberts plays with the aggression and toughness of a bigger safety, but he may not have enough bulk to be deployed near the line in the pros as often as he was as a senior at Auburn. Roberts played for three defensive coordinators and four defensive backs coaches in college so continuity should continue to bolster his growth. Roberts draft slotting will likely be hurt by his lack of desired safety size, but he has the talent to battle for a spot in sub-package roles at some point.
Strengths
  • Offers versatility with ability to play high or low
  • Loose hips and quick feet
  • Smooth and natural in his movements
  • Quick to accelerate with good top-end speed
  • Transitions on route breaks and vertical routes without allowing much separation
  • Held up in brief encounters with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley
  • Gains depth from shallow to deep in a hurry when disguising coverage
  • Adequate instincts
  • Has awareness to shade and squeeze routes
  • Rangy over the top
  • Decisive in pursuit taking optimal angles when running the alley
  • Can cut-off the corner on perimeter runs
  • Races from high to low in run support
  • Not afraid to throw his body into tackles
  • Can compete for role as a gunner and backup punt returner
Weaknesses
  • Below the desired size line with slender frame that could be getting close to maxed out
  • Ball skills will need to improve
  • More of a mauler than technician when attacking the catch point
  • Will clutch receivers and tug jerseys when matching slot targets underneath
  • Blocks get sticky on him
  • Will need added upper body strength to play off of blocks more effectively
  • Still room for improvement with consistency as a tackler
  • Takes the worst of it when tackling real dudes at running back

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league