Roby pleads guilty to lesser charge

Updated: April 29, 2014, 1:08 PM ET
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- After the initial charges were amended, according to court records, former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Franklin County court on Tuesday.

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David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty ImagesBradley Roby is scheduled to be one of 30 players in attendance at the NFL draft on May 8.

Initially, Roby was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated following a stop in downtown Columbus on April 20. Officers had been called to the scene of a person passed out behind the wheel of a car, but they couldn't get the driver's attention.

When they opened the door, they noticed the odor of alcohol. Roby failed a field sobriety test.

Following the incident, Roby took to social media to defend himself, posting a picture of his breath analysis that showed a reading of .008 on the subject sample and writing "I was not drunk."

The updated charges and guilty plea were accompanied by a punishment of 180 days in jail and 30 days of probation, but the jail time will be suspended if Roby completes a three-day driver intervention program. He was also fined $375.

Roby elected to skip his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes and is projected to go No. 24 overall in ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's latest mock draft.

The speedy cornerback is ranked as the fourth-best prospect at his position and is scheduled to be one of 30 players in attendance at the draft on May 8.

Austin Ward | email

Ohio State/Big Ten reporter

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