Speed is always in style in the NFL, and that should give Arizona State wide receiver Rashad Ross optimism about his pro prospects.
Ross ended his up-and-down senior year with a bang, scoring three touchdowns against Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. With visits to New England, New Orleans, Jacksonville among other, he will now look to prove he's more than a one-trick pony, even if it's a longshot he'll be drafted on Saturday.
Height: 5-foot-11 1/2
Weight: 175 pounds
College Career: Came to ASU after playing at Butte College. Caught 18 passes for 254 yards as a junior, but finished the season strong with his first 100-yard game against Cal and a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown against Boise State. Ross started all 13 games in 2012, finishing second on the team in receiving yards (610) and receiving touchdowns (six), and leading the team in yards-per-catch with 16.5.
Strengths: Speed, speed and speed. Right now, Ross has one weapon, and that is his excellent speed, having clocked in at 4.34 second in the 40 at ASU's Pro Day. He is able to run a nice vertical route. Ross also brings value as a return specialist, able to make one cut and turn on the jets.
Weaknesses: Like so many collegiate speedsters, Ross needs a lot of work on his route running outside of the verticals. He was prone to costly drops (see last year's Arizona game), and may never be viewed as sure-handed. He's also not particularly agile and won't make defenders miss in the open field. Struggles to beat press coverage, and without a free run for his speed, has difficulty getting open.
Outlook: Ross has a lot of work to do in order to contribute as a wide receiver at the NFL level, but his speed is a tool that can't be taught. That trait should get him into a camp, where he can compete for a job as a kickoff return specialist while developing as a wide receiver.
Round Projection: 7th - undrafted
Bold Prediction: Priority free agent signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars