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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
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Player News
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

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): CB-Ross Cockrell, Sr.-R, Duke (21)...Cockrell, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., received his second straight All-ACC first team nod. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 40 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble on the way to breaking Duke's all-time passes defended and pass breakup records. His third interception of the season came in a 28-21 win at Wake Forest and ended the Demon Deacons' final drive with Duke leading by one touchdown. - Duke football

12/05/2013 - Duke's Cutcliffe named Walter Camp Coach of the Year...On Saturday Duke will find itself in a tough position as it enters the ACC Championship Game as a four touchdown underdog to No. 1 Florida State, but it will go into that game knowing it has the Walter Camp Coach of the Year on its sideline. That's right, it was announced on Thursday that Cutcliffe had won the award that is voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 125 schools on the FBS level. And it has to be a good feeling to be named the Coach of the Year by your peers.

And Cutcliffe certainly deserves the recognition. As we said at the beginning of the post, Duke is playing in the ACC Championship Game this weekend, and this is a blog about college football remember. Duke hasn't won the ACC since 1989, and even then it was only a co-champion. In other words, this doesn't happen very often, so when Duke finishes the regular season with a 10-2 record and a chance to go to a BCS bowl, people take notice. Cutcliff is the first Duke coach to ever win the award, and the first ACC coach to win it since Maryland's Ralph Friedgen in 2001. Last year's winner was Notre Dame's Brian Kelly. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): CB Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Sr.-R, Waxhaw, N.C. (145)...Cockrell, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., received his second straight All-ACC first team nod. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 36 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack on the way to breaking Duke's all-time passes defended and pass breakup records. His third interception of the season came in a 28-21 win at Wake Forest and ended the Demon Deacons' final drive with Duke leading by one touchdown. - Duke football

09/12/2013 - Scouting the Duke pass defense: The defensive backs will have to be on full alert against Georgia Tech so they don't become too consumed in run support and get beat for big plays. CB Ross Cockrell and S Dwayne Norman offer some experience, yet the presence of S Jeremy Cash, who sat out last year as a transfer from Ohio State, might be the biggest newcomer to the secondary. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not tough to grasp, it's just tough to get adjusted to. We've got to make them go backward." -- CB Ross Cockrell on facing Georgia Tech's triple-option offense. Duke has lost the last nine meetings. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: CB Ross Cockrell - His emergence continued as a redshirt junior in 2012, and his leadership role bloomed for the Blue Devils. His on-field performance backed that up, gaining All-ACC first-team honors. He led the ACC with five interceptions during the regular season. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2013 - TOP DUKE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. CB Ross Cockrell (6-0, 182, 4.57)...Entering his fourth season as a starter, Cockrell has improved each year and tied for the ACC lead in interceptions last season with five. 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. Cockrell is much more physical than he looks, but he can be too easily blocked and his overaggressive style will get him in trouble against the run. He is tough to trust right now on an island in coverage with his lack of elite speed, struggling to stay balanced and find the ball downfield. A co-captain last season when he led the team with 18 passes defended, Cockrell is a tough, gutsy leader who knows how to get his hands on the ball, but his lack of NFL speed is tough to overlook. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): CB Ross Cockrell, DU, (48), Sr., Waxhaw, N.C.,...A watch list selection for the Jim Thorpe Award, Nagurski Trophy and Lott IMPACT Trophy, Cockrell has received preseason All-ACC first team recognition from Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports, Phil Steele's College Football Preview, Sporting News and USA Today this preseason.

He enters his senior season as the ACC's active leader in interceptions and boasts career totals of 187 tackles, nine interceptions, 29 pass breakups, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack and one forced fumbler over 36 starts. In 2012, he tied for the ACC lead with 0.38 interceptions per game, ranked third with 1.38 passes defended per game and 41st with 5.46 tackles per game. Top Four in Voting By Position: Cornerback: 1. Ross Cockrell, DU (48)...2. Lamarcus Joyner, FSU (32)...3. Antone Exum, VT (21)...4. Kyle Fuller, VT (7). - Duke football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ross Cockrell, Duke, DB...Cockrell, a native of Waxhaw, N.C., earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012 after posting 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one caused fumble. A first team All-ACC pick by both the media and coaches, he ranked tied for first in the league in interceptions per game (0.38), third in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.46) while becoming the first Blue Devil to lead the league in interceptions per game since John Talley in 2006.

In 36 career games, Cockrell has amassed 187 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, nine interceptions, 29 pass breakups, 38 total passes defended and one caused fumble. On Duke's career charts, he ranks fourth in total passes defended, sixth in pass breakups and tied for 10th in interceptions and, among active players in the ACC, ranks first in interceptions, second in pass breakups, second in total passes defended and fourth in tackles. Cockrell is one of 12 players from the ACC to be named to the watch list. The 75-man list is comprised of 28 linemen, 27 linebackers and 26 backs. - Duke football

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Ross Cockrell, Duke...Cockrell, a 6-0, 185-pound native of Waxhaw, N.C., earned All-America honorable mention honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012 after totaling 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one caused fumble. He was also an All-ACC first team selection by the league's coaches and the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while ranking tied for the ACC lead in interceptions per game (0.38), third in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.46). He was the first Blue Devil to lead the league in interceptions per game since John Talley in 2006. Cockrell has played and started 36 career games, posting career totals of 187 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, nine interceptions, 29 pass breakups, 38 total passes defended and one caused fumble. At Duke, he is fourth in passes defended, sixth in pass breakups and tied for 10th in interceptions.

Also on the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for the nation's top defensive player, Cockrell has received Preseason All-ACC first team honors from Phil Steele, Sporting News, Lindy's, USA Today and Athlon Sports. Cockrell is one of four ACC players on the Thorpe Award watch list. Among returning defensive backs in the ACC, Cockrell ranks first in interceptions, second in pass breakups, second in total passes defended and fourth in tackles. - Duke football

05/17/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke...Cockrell, a native of Waxhaw, N.C., earned honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated in 2012 after posting 71 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, five interceptions, 13 pass breakups and one caused fumble. A first team All-ACC pick by both the media and coaches, he ranked tied for first in the league in interceptions per game (0.38), third in passes defended per game (1.38) and 41st in tackles per game (5.46) while becoming the first Blue Devil to lead the league in interceptions per game since John Talley in 2006.

In 36 career games, Cockrell has amassed 187 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 quarterback sack, nine interceptions, 29 pass breakups, 38 total passes defended and one caused fumble. On Duke's career charts, he ranks fourth in total passes defended, sixth in pass breakups and tied for 10th in interceptions and, among active players in the ACC, ranks first in interceptions, second in pass breakups, second in total passes defended and fourth in tackles. - Duke football

 
Player News
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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