Conference: Conference USA
40 Time: 5.22
Biography: Three-year starter who finished with 47/4.5/1.5 as a senior after 48/9.5/5 the prior season.
Positives: Athletic and explosive defensive tackle coming off a disappointing senior season. Fires off the ball with a nice first step, wedges his way between blockers on the inside and plays with good pad level. Fluid moving laterally, covers a lot of area on the field, and actively uses his hands to protect himself. Keeps his feet driving up the field on contact, focused on by opponents, and chases the action hard.
Negatives: Does not display lower body leg drive and really does not get much push up the field. Slow locating the ball. Controlled at the point of attack by single blocker.
Analysis: Ross looked like a solid prospect after his sophomore and junior seasons, yet he never elevated his game the way scouts thought possible as a senior. He possesses the underlying skill and size to play at the next level in either a four-man front or possibly as a two gap end. Ross has the upside to make it at the next level, yet he must quickly pull the pieces together.
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