Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times reports that the Falcons have already worked out Texas cornerback Aaron Ross. The 6′ 193-pound corner is considered one of the premier players at his position in this year’s draft, and is expected to be a first round pick according to most draft analysts.
Ross ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the Combine. He only started one year at Texas, this past season, but recorded 80 tackles, 6 interceptions, 19 pass breakups, 1 sack, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. In his three other seasons, he combined for 125 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 14 pass breakups. During his career, he also returned 76 punts for 893 yards (11.8 avg) and 3 touchdowns. For much of his career he was overshadowed by current NFL cornerbacks Nathan Vasher and Cedric Griffin, and up until this season Tarell Brown, who is also a prospect in this year’s draft. But a suspension by Brown early this season gave Ross the opportunity to come out of the shadows.
NFL Draft Scout.com rates Ross as the third best available corner in this year’s draft. Ross is one of the several defensive backs the Falcons have scheduled for private workouts. Each NFL team is allowed to bring up to 32 players for private workouts prior to the draft. Thus far the Falcons Wire has reported on 14 of these.