Photo of Ross Cockrell
Drafted By: Bills
  • Round 4
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 109

Combine Results

5.38 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.28 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.78 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"At the East-West Shrine Game, I watched his ball skills. I also liked his length. The intangibles are off the charts with this kid. He's smart, tough and instinctive." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 29 7/8" Arm Length
  • 191LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


High school cornerback-receiver who also played basketball and ran track as a North Carolina prep. After redshirting in 2009, he made his collegiate debut in 2010 and started 12 games at cornerback, recording 60 tackles, seven pass breakups and a team-high three interceptions. Made 11 starts in 2011, recording 56 tackles, nine pass breakups and one interception with one tackle for loss. Missed one game with a leg injury. Tallied 71 tackles, 13 pass breakups and five interceptions with four tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 2012 (13 starts). Had a school-record 75-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown against Florida International and had a 32-yard interception return for a score against North Carolina Central. In 2013, made 13 starts and recorded 46 tackles, 12 pass breakups and three interceptions with two tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Missed one game with an ankle injury. Team captain. Concluded his career as Duke's all-time leader in interceptions (12) and pass breakups (41).



Plays smart and has a good feel for the game -- eyes, anticipation and awarenesss. Plays with discipline and takes a consistent approach. Good route recognition. Lines up in the slot and is quick and agile enough to handle dynamic receivers. Sorts through route combinations and maintains positioning. Good leaping ability -- competes for the ball in the air. Has jammer experience on special teams.


Has small hands, short arms and a thin frame, especially in the lower body. Limited press strength to match up against bigger receivers. Often plays to the boundary. Has some tightness in his hips that shows re-directing -- allows separation at the break point. Does not step up and take on blocks and overall game lacks physicality.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3-4

Bottom Line

Good-sized, smart, ballhawking zone corner who plays fast and could bring immediate value as a nickel back and contribute on special teams.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.