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2016 NFL Draft Profile: Michigan Linebacker James Ross III

Buzz has been building recently that Ross could come off the board in the late rounds. What could he bring to an NFL team?

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The Basics
Age Height Weight 40-Time Bench Press
21 5'11 230 5.01 22 Reps

Ross was a four-star recruit in the class of 2012 and became one of the key pieces in the linebacker rotation in his time at Michigan. He was a four year letterman and started 21 of 50 career games in Ann Arbor.

Strengths

Ross was inconsistent during his Michigan career, but always proved to be solid against the run and a linebacker that plays to the whistle on every snap. He showed solid skills in pass coverage, namely in zone. He has a good first step and a nose for the football.

Weaknesses

Marginal athlete. Not a pass rusher and only three career sacks at Michigan. Not suited for outside linebacker in the NFL. Reaction time is slow and is not a player that can move sideline to sideline all that well. Saw the field less as his career went on.

Overall

It is tough to find a great fit for Ross at the next level, but he is a developmental prospect that a team may take a chance on, perhaps even to try out as a fullback. NFL ceiling appears to be that of a backup inside linebacker and special teams player.

Projection: Priority Free Agent