AUBURN, Ala. — Former Auburn safety Stephen Roberts felt good about his preparation ahead of the NFL combine and all of his hard work paid off.
The Opelika, Ala., native ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and recorded a 34-inch vertical jump. Roberts also tied for 11th out of 21 safeties in the broad jump, jumping 10-feet, 1-inch. Roberts didn’t bench press because of a nagging shoulder injury.
“I was just blessed,” Roberts said of his showing at the combine. “It was just a tremendous blessing for me. The drill work and everything went really good for me, I put up good numbers and everything. It was just a blessing.”
Roberts has impressed enough for prospective teams to envision where exactly he could have an impact in the coming years.
“They’re talking about safety for me. Most teams want me at nickel,” Roberts said. “I think that could be a big standing point for me, being my size and seeing I can cover and play as a safety. Nickel would be the best fit for me.”
Auburn’s pro day was simply another opportunity for Roberts to showcase his skills to NFL personnel.
“I really just wanted to show that I could still move, even just coming off fresh from the combine that I still had my feet,” Roberts said. “Wanted to show teams I could move my feet.”
Yet whether at the combine or pro day, Roberts has only shown professional teams encouraging traits. Through a sometimes tiresome, possibly overly thorough process, Roberts is still the undersized athlete with endless determination.
“[I am] a player that just likes to work, you know. That might be small, but got a heart and you can’t measure heart,” Roberts said. “That’s my thing I always bring to the table. Physicality, great open-field tackler, great man cover guy. Just a guy that’s always great to be around, always got a smile on my face, great personality. I’ve put all the bad stuff behind me.”
Since finishing his last game as a Tiger, Roberts hasn’t been focused on where he could go in the 2018 NFL Draft. Instead, he trained and concentrated on bettering himself. He’ll continue to do that in the coming weeks, traveling to Florida to train with former teammate Tray Matthews.
Roberts hopes all the NFL personnel who’ve been keeping up with him in recent weeks remember his name and performances, but for now, he’s just going to continue on the path he’s been traveling.
“Like I said, it’s just a blessing,” Roberts said. “Whatever team picks me, whatever round I go in, I’ll be blessed anyway. Just not being worried about how good you are, just proving it.”
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