Photo of Fred Ross

Combine Results

Grade
4.94 ?
  • 4.51 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 10 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.28 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands

Overview

Fred "The Boss" Ross earned that nickname with his play with the Bulldogs the past four seasons. He was a Parade All-American as a high school senior (86-1,594, 21 TD) and a four-star recruit. He played in 11 games as a freshman (9-115) and was a regular in the rotation in 2014 (one start in 13 games, 30-489, five TD). Ross became MSU quarterback Dak Prescott's top target as a junior, garnering first-team All-SEC recognition and breaking a school record with 88 receptions (for 1,007 yards and five scores). With Prescott gone, the offense didn't find Ross as often (72-917) but he scored more touchdowns (12) than he had the previous three years combined (10). He was a second-team all-conference pick after the season.

Analysis

Strengths

Handled a heavy target rate over last two seasons. Catches with strong hands and excellent arm extension. Capable hand fighter who is able to claw his way back inside against corners with leverage. Plays with good hand quickness to reach high and secure throws that are right on top of him. Does a good job of utilizing his body as a shield. Offers viable punt return option. Had 10 of his 37 punt returns go for 15 or more yards.

Weaknesses

Short-stepper with vertical limitations. Physical press corners can grind him up off the release. Lacks the long speed to back cornerbacks off of him. Had eight drops this season and 13 over last two years. Does not have the feet to shake a talented athlete across from him. Has tight hips and struggles mightily to make adjustments to poorly thrown balls. Lingers at top of his routes rather than firing out of his breaks. Can't create space through burst.

Draft Projection

Round 6-7

Bottom Line

Ross has adequate size and uses it effectively in space, but his hip tightness and lack of long speed are major concerns. Tight man coverage will be difficult for Ross to beat due to his lack of separation quickness. His route to the pros may be a zone-beater with punt return value.
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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