Sometimes, a team comes around to realizing it can't have a bunch of choir boys if it wants to win football games. The Broncos filled one of their greatest needs Thursday by selecting highly skilled but troubled Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby with the No. 31 pick in the first round of the NFL draft.

In terms of talent, some NFL scouts believe Roby was among the best cornerbacks in this draft. He has good size (5-foot-11, 194 pounds) and is fast (4.34 seconds in the 40-yard dash).

Although Broncos general manager John Elway said Chris Harris would remain the starting right corner opposite Aqib Talib, the plan is for Roby to come in on nickel situations. Roby would then play the boundary, or outside corner while Harris would move in to the nickel, or field back.

Elway did admit the reason why Roby lasted until the end of the first round was because of character concerns. Roby was involved in a bar fight that led to a suspension from Ohio State's season opener last year. Roby also was cited three weeks ago for operating a vehicle under the influence.

"There's no question if he didn't have the couple issues that he's had there's no way he would have been there for us at 31," Elway said. "They're hopefully for him learning experiences. He's 21 years old, and young guys are going to make mistakes. I'm thrilled with the locker room that we have. We've got a bunch of professionals in there, and I'm sure he's going to learn from a lot from the guys that are in there. Coupled with his physical talent, we think we've got a gem."

The Broncos were concerned about Roby's past. Late last week, though, they talked to Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who strongly testified on Roby's behalf. Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio also had relationships with the Buckeyes' coaching staff and after those discussions with the folks in Columbus, Ohio, Denver felt better about Roby.