Jay Ross  DT  East Carolina 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 2


 

STRENGTHS

Jay is a working man's defensive tackle.  He has good size and strength to play his position.  Jay has nice quickness; he has the lateral agility and strength to control the line of scrimmage and help shut down an opponents running game.  Jay can be a disruptive force and is quick to get into the backfield of his opponents to blow up the blocking schemes in the running game.  He is a very good pass rushing defensive tackle and is too quick for most guards to handle.  Jay is a leader and a very smart player on the field for his college team.  He never gives up until the whistle and understands the grunt work needed a team's defensive line has to do to have  a successful defense.  Jay will be a core player and a fan favorite for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

His college team does use him as a nose guard in a 3-4 defense, but only on third and long downs because he is so quick.  He can get a good push on the center if he is over the center and can get off the ball quickly.  He has to guess some times on the snap count to get a solid jump and gain leverage.  Jay needs to learn to use his hands better to get off his blocks.  Right now, all he uses is his quickness to gain an advantage.  He needs to play with a stronger base so that he cannot be moved out of his gap responsibilities when defending against the run if he is not quick enough off the snap.  

    

BOTTOM LINE

Jay is a quality defensive lineman who could play as a DT in a 4-3 or as a DE in a 3-4.  He has good quickness and nice change of direction skills to go along with an excellent burst off the line of scrimmage and lateral agility.  His impact for the next level will be in a 1-gap system, but he can play well in a 2-gap system because of his work ethic.  Jay understands his role and should be a good teammate.  He always plays hard and will make plays through using his quickness and his overall effort.  What you see is what you get with Jay.  A hard working player who just needs to understand that he still can get better if he works on some better techniques and stops playing every down the same way. 

 

Drew Boylhart  2/10