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Did DUI charge help Denver Broncos get a draft day steal?

Yesterday's first round of the NFL draft was full of anticipation, surprises and excitement for football fans. Denver got what many believe was an unexpected windfall when highly touted cornerback Bradley Roby fell all the way to the Broncos, picking 31st overall.

The former Ohio State standout was believed by many to have been the best available at his position, but his draft stock might have been hurt by a DUI arrest last month.   

Roby recently pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of being in "physical control" of a Dodge Charger after failing a field sobriety test. Initial reports of the arrest said Roby passed a breath test administered to him, but then failed the sobriety test.

A witness had called police, claiming that while Roby was behind the wheel of the Charger, he had almost struck some children. The witness also claimed the driver was "passed out drunk" inside the vehicle.

According to various sports websites, Roby was arrested in Columbus, Ohio. 

NBC Sports reported that Roby's breath test last month registered just 0.008 percent of alcohol. The legal threshold in Colorado is 10 times that amount: 0.08 percent.

Sports Illustrated says the 5'11" corner accepted the reduced charge in order to get his legal situation sorted out by the time of yesterday's first round of the draft.

Though few people expect to be drafted, many facing DUI charges want to get their problems resolved in a favorable and expedient manner, which is why they enlist the legal help of an experienced attorney.

Source: Sports Illustrated, "Former Ohio State CB Bradley Roby accepts reduced charge in DUI offense," April 29, 2014

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