Mississippi State star wide receiver Fred Ross enters the 2017 NFL Draft as one of the more intriguing receiving prospects. Ross ended his career at Mississippi State as the program’s all-time leader in receptions (195) and proved over an impressive four-year college career that he has the size and athleticism to potentially be a dangerous weapon at the next level.
As far as Fred Ross NFL Draft talk has gone, he’s been on the radar for a while and ahead of his final collegiate season, many draft experts were already talking him up as the best wide receiver in the SEC.
That’s always going to be open for debate, but Fred Ross was brilliant at Mississippi State and looks like a potential star in the NFL. Let’s break down why in our Fred Ross scouting report:
Name: Fred Ross
School: Mississippi State
Comparison: Darrell Jackson
Draft Grade: 4th Round
Positives: Fred Ross has solid height, along with good arm length with big hands. Height to weight ratio is also solid. A strong, lean frame throughout. A well-proportioned body. Came into the program very lean and his frame has filled out. Deceptively good speed with the ability to break off big runs. Solid hips. A smooth mover with a good running stride. Upper and lower body are fluid and move together.
Leaping ability is there and will go up and get the ball. Not afraid to put his body in harm’s way. Takes a lick and holds onto the ball. A good catch radius. Can grab the ball with one hand and reel it in. Immediately turns into a runner with the ball and shows after the catch ability. Good at weaving through traffic and finding running lanes. A well-regarded route runner by the coaching staff and is smooth in and out of his cuts. Gets open consistently. Puts in some effort as a blocker. Smart. Known as a hard worker. No character concerns. Very confident.
Negatives: Fred Ross certainly isn’t the perfect NFL Draft wide receiver prospect, as he needs to continue getting stronger, especially in his upper body. Lacks great speed. Not an electric lateral athlete. Blocking strength and effort is inconsistent. Can turn down the effort dial. Doesn’t have great natural hands and drops too many passes.
Fred Ross 2017 NFL Draft Outlook: Fred Ross is one of the most well-rounded receivers in this class and although he lacks great ability brings a “Jack of all trades” type of game to the table. Ross combines good size, consistent route-running, run after the catch ability, and great confidence. Ross should find success in the league if can consistent catch the ball and has some upside. He compares favorably to former Seahawks receiver Darrell Jackson who had similar size, athleticism, ability after the catch and problems dropping the football. His value is in the fourth round.
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