PackerNation, meet Brandian Ross. The undrafted cornerback from Youngstown State spent the 2011 season on the practice squad. Most recently, Ross was one of the first eight players instantly resigned by Ted Thompson once the season ended.
Attributes. At 6’0 192 pounds, Ross is not only a physical corner, he also has mid 4.4 speed and can lay some vicious hits. His vertical leap is 37”, and he had a 10.00” broad jump. Watching his highlights, he moves well laterally for his height and fills decisively against the run:
Versatility. In college, Ross spent his freshman and sophomore years at safety, earning an honorable mentions in the Missouri Valley Conference. He moved to corner for the remainder of his college career, logging 223 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in 33 starts.
Ross is also very well spoken and team oriented. The Richmond Virginia native clearly knows how to handle the media well:
2012 Outlook. PackerNation should believe in Brandian Ross: he has the physical talent and focus to make a 53 man roster in the NFL, whether in 2012 or years to come. The 22 year old arrived in the NFL via the road less traveled: from a small school without national attention. This route should keep him both focused and grounded, understanding the importance of work ethic and positive attitude. It might even leave him with a chip on his shoulder. If his hard work continues, the sky is the limit for Ross. Like Devon House, it wouldn’t be too outlandish to find Ross on the active roster in 2012 depending on Collins’ injury and Bush’s contract status. In the meantime, give B-Ross a follow on twitter @BrandianRoss
Post by @JamesJNewton