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Derek Ross | CB | Ohio St. | Big Ten Conference
Selected by Dallas Cowboys in round 3, pick 10 (75 overall)
Height Weight 40 Grade
5'11½ 197 4.57 3.74
First-year starter that leaves after only three seasons at Ohio State. Second team All-Conference selection last year after totaling 41/7/6. Prior to that a special teams player whose defensive contributions were limited to nickel situations.

Opportunistic cornerback that may not be as good as his stats would dictate. Quick breaking on the ball, has a burst of closing speed and battles hard to defend the throw. Works getting up the field to support the run or defend screen plays. Not a heady or instinctive defensive back; blows assignments losing his man, gets caught out of position in zone and slow turning back to locate the ball. Has difficulty staying with opponents laterally. All things considered, should have used his final year of eligibility. Early Fourth Round.

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