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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ross Cockrell, CB

School: Duke  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 191 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
171245

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.472.631.6410 36 1/210'2"4.327.28
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.442.631.5012 -10'05"4.276.88

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Cockrell is much more physical than he looks. He has a lean, wiry build but doesn't shy from getting physical at the line of scrimmage, wasting little time in pursuit or attacking blocks. He is a bit of an agitator in coverage, frequently tugging to impede receivers without fully extending to draw the flag. His awareness is an asset as Cockrell locates the ball and shows burst to close. Characterized as a coach on the field. He possesses quick hands and good timing to rip at the ball as it arrives, as indicated by the number of passes he's broken up (53) and intercepted (12) over his career. Intercepted a pass in the final moments of the East-West Shrine Game to seal the victory.

WEAKNESSES: At his best in zone coverage when he can break downhill on the ball, as Cockrell does not possess ideal fluidity or straight-line speed. Further, Cockrell is a bit all or nothing when it comes to run support. He reads the action quickly and is decisive in the angles he takes towards the ball, which leads him to be too easily blocked out of the action when ball-carries see him coming. Too often lunges as a tackler and finds himself on the ground.

COMPARES TO: Derrick Martin, Chicago Bears - Cockrell doesn't possess elite athleticism but he locates the ball quickly and has the height scouts are looking for in today's defensive backs. It could be a struggle to find his niche, but he's overcome challenges before.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

In guiding Duke to a berth in the ACC Championship Game and the Chick-fil-A Bowl, David Cutcliffe certainly earned the Walter Camp Coach of the Year. Cockrell, a two-time All-ACC choice could get the acknowledgement he's looking for as well, should an NFL team come calling in May.

NFL draft picks don't come often at Duke. Quarterback Sean Renfree was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round a year ago. The last time a Blue Devil was drafted prior to that was in 2004.

A veteran of 48 career starts, however, Cockrell is far from your typical Duke defender and he helped lead the Blue Devils to an extraordinary 2013 campaign, essentially sealing off one side of the field to earn all-conference honors and an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game and the Combine. Cockrell recorded 227 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 53 total passes defended and 12 interceptions over his career and if he can answers concerns about his speed in workouts, he could join Renfree as the second Blue Devil to be drafted in as many years.

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bills picks: Round 4/109 -- Ross Cockrell, DB, 6-0, 190, Duke...He started 49 games at Duke, recording 233 tackles, 12 interceptions and 42 pass breakups. Was a durable player who played 3,536 snaps in his college career. A two-time first team All-ACC, he graduated a year ago with a degree in political science. His father played at Columbia, so he's probably going to be the smartest guy in the room when he arrives. He figures to contribute to special teams, and perhaps battle for a backup position in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange
 

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