WR Clemson 6-3 210 JR #8
GRADE: 72 OVR RANK: NR POS RANK: NR
ARM LENGTH: 32 1/8”//HAND SIZE: 9 5/8”//40YD: 4.64 (31%)//10YD: 1.76 (1%
VJ: 31 ½” (21%)//BJ: 9’08” (34%)//BP: 11 (38%)//SS: ( %)//3C: ( %)
Projection: At this point, Ross’ athletic ability, which was never his greatest strength, is not what it was even before the injury. Consequently he feels like a good backup/Special Teamer, who you take a chance on developing some aspects of his game and him getting more athleticism back after his injury. Round 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com
Ravens Fit: Definitely the type of WR the Ravens should be looking for if you’re getting the Ross of his Freshman year. You’re not though. He might return but it’ll take some time, so the investment in him needs to be right, i.e. later round pick. A flyer might be worth it though if you can coach up the parts of his game that can be developed and hope for a return to at least modest athleticism. If that happens, you could have a steal and should certainly be a later-round target.
Overall Fit 3/5
Career-threatening spinal injury after Sophomore year and playing through a Lisfranc injury in Junior year clouds evaluation. Played mostly at X pre-injury, played majority of snaps in the slot after injury.
Before the Catch
His footwork against press without a jam is only adequate. He is very reliant on a single move off the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have the explosion or acceleration to make a speed release work consistently and his double moves off the line are slow and predictable; they feel more like a hesitation than an explosive and convincing change-up to the single move. If he is jammed at the line then he can deploy his play strength and physicality to win. His hand placement and timing are slightly off but he does have power that he’s able to win with and can spot a quick jam coming and combine a slide step with his hands to get out into the route. The challenge he has with releasing from press with a jam comes when he faces a DB with patience and play strength to match his – DB can get this through better technique, not just core strength – then he has to work his footwork in conjunction with his hands and DB’s can match angles with him. When facing squat coverage he doesn’t close the space to the DB effectively and when facing off or bail coverage, he doesn’t attack leverage or close cushion quickly enough.
At the break-point he separates with processing, technique and core strength. He could add more placement and savvy to win with play strength but he’ll get open against DBs with lesser play strength themselves because of his core strength/length. Has good technique on various types of routes particularly on speed cuts to set up out routes; there is very little rise and he makes the transition in two yards comfortably. On hard angle breaks, he can snap his face out of the break and use excellent posture to gain separation. Where he could stand to improve would be in vertical cuts on posts and corners when he elongates his step into the break a little too much and on nod and go where he doesn’t keep his hips coiled. He can win with processing on all types of break – he has a consistent stem and can use pressure steps expertly to get DBs’ hips turned. He also reads coverage effectively and finds the soft spot in the zone across the middle of the field on digs or posts.
The Catch and after the Catch
Adjusts well to the ball, particularly late thrown balls to the sideline, getting feet inbounds in short spaces. Has natural, soft hands, ball sticks even when he can only locate it at the last second. Good manual dexterity to adjust hands but could catch the ball further away from his frame. Will gain YAC with angles and play strength.
Special FR and SO years but never the most athletic guy, wins with processing and technique, needs work on release package, particularly footwork. Injuries change evaluation.
JR: 72 Tgts, 46 Recs, 514 Rec Yards (11.2 Ave), 3 Rec TDs SO: 105 Tgts, 66 Recs, 864 Rec yards (13.1 Ave), 8 Rec TDs
INJURY: Spinal Fusion Surgery (Missed year), Lisfranc (JR)