Aaron Ross   CB   Texas

 

STRENGTHS 

Aaron is one of the most complete CBís in this draft.  He can play equally as well in a zone scheme or a man-to-man scheme.  He is a smart player and understands his assignment and situational football.  Aaron has very good size, speed and quickness to play at the next level.  He has special teams talent to return punts and should be able to impact for the team that drafts him right away on special teams and nickel-dime packages until he gets used to the speed of the NFL receivers.  Aaron is one of the CBís in this draft that has excellent overall techniques and uses them to his advantage. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Aaron does not really show any leadership skills and at times this year, seemed a little lost or showed a lack of confidence with the other DBís on his team.  Aaron is the type of CB that reacts very well to others that are playing well around him, but struggles and loses confidence when others around him are struggling.  He makes plays when the team is doing well, but becomes conservative in his play when the team is struggling in general.  This should not be that big an issue as he gains experience. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 2

I guess what Iím trying to say is that, right now, Aaron does not project to a #1 CB because he is not aggressive enough in his play.  He does not want to make mistakes.  Thatís not a bad thing or a good thing; it is just his way of playing and there is nothing wrong with it.  In the future, Aaron might very well become more aggressive; however, for the purpose of this draft, this lack of aggressiveness will have an impact on whether he is rated in the first round or second round.  I like him and I like his play.  He lets the play come to him, but he will step up to a challenge.  He just waits for the challenge to come to him and does not go out and look for it.  Itís just his style.  He is a safe pick and a good pick; he will become a core player for your team and just maybe a #1 CB for your team.  If not, he will still be a good one.  Aaron looks like he is a good team player and I think not having Michael Huff around this year shocked him a little, but it made him grow.  He struggled some games trying to do too much and cover for some of the other DBís on his team, and because he is not a great communicator, it affected his game.  To his credit, he still never gave up or complained or got down on himself or his teammates.  He did look frustrated at times, but he would collect himself and move on.  That tells me a lot about the kid.  It tells me that his future in the NFL should be a good one!

Drew Boylhart

December/2006