Chat with Aaron Ross
ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. has evaluated every player in the draft and this is what they say about Ross: ''Ross still has room to improve on his footwork and ability to press receivers at the line of scrimmage. However, he possesses a very good blend of size, speed, instincts and ball skills. Ross is gifted enough to develop into a playmaking starter at cornerback in the NFL and his big-play potential as a return man adds to his value. Ross' stock is on the rise following an outstanding senior season and he could be taken within in the top-50 picks, as a result.''
Send in your questions now, then join Ross on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (1:28 PM)
Aaron will be by in a couple of minutes. Send in your questions!
What is the one part of your game you really want to improve in training camp?
Aaron Ross (1:33 PM)
Working on the technical part of my game is what I want to do most.
Marvin (Eagle Pass,Texas)
In college, which receiver gave you the most problems, challenges in your college career?
Aaron Ross (1:34 PM)
I would say my teammates Sweed and Pitman, because I had to face them for four years and every practice it was a challenge.
Do you feel you can immediately contribute to special teams, as far as returning kicks?
Aaron Ross (1:35 PM)
That's what I came into UT doing, and I think whoever picks me up will realize that I can contribute a lot in any aspect of the special teams game. For example, I can return kicks, but I can also be a gunner on punts.
How do you think the coverage game will differ in the NFL from college? Are you concerned about playing closer to the LOS more often in order to bump WRs?
Aaron Ross (1:37 PM)
I don't think it will differ too much because we had a pro style D, UT really prepared us. As far as the line, I feel that my specialty is bump and run, so as long as I work with the coaches I think I will be fine.
Well you got the size and the speed and the skill to cover, but what about your run stopping skills...are you confident you can offer proper run support to a team?
Aaron Ross (1:38 PM)
Yes I am very confident about stopping the run. I got in the weight room and wroked hard, so I feel like I am ready to contribute as far as stopping the run.
Vineet (Chicago, IL)
What NFL player do you most compare yourself to?
Aaron Ross (1:39 PM)
As far as being physical Cedric Griffin, and as far as being an overall great CB, I would like to pattern my game after Champ Bailey.
Do you get sick of people analyzing every little detail of your game, and then criticizing it? It seems like the whole draft process can be a very frusterating proccess, with all the criticism involved.
Aaron Ross (1:40 PM)
No not at all. That is part of the process. If they are going to be investing so much money in you, they are going to want to make sure they are getting the best player they can get.
Jamaal (Mount Laurel, NJ)
How do you feel about playing against WRs that really jaw alot, ie.....Chad Johnson, Steve Smith, etc? Thanks and good luck!
Aaron Ross (1:43 PM)
I look forward to it. I enjoy WRs who talk a little bit. It makes the games more exciting, instead of having everybody be mute out there. It is part of the game that I enjoy, it makes things more fun.
Mike (Homer Glen, IL)
Which WR are you most eager to cover?
Aaron Ross (1:46 PM)
Pretty much all of them. Every week you face great WRs. I will be honored to face all these guys and I can't wait to test my skills.
Who was your favorite CB growing up that you tried to pattern your game after? Deon?
Aaron Ross (1:47 PM)
I was always a big Deion Sanders fan. I was always trying to be like him growing up...he was the guy.
Chris (Brownsboro Texas)
Do you still talk to Vince Young and are you excited that you may play against him someday?
Aaron Ross (1:48 PM)
Yeah i had to go against Vince in practice, so it will be a challenge, because you better be ready when VY steps on the field because he can do anything.
Who was your favorite team growing up, and are you secretly hoping to get drafted by them?
Aaron Ross (1:49 PM)
Being from Texas it was always the Cowboys. But anyone who drafts me I will be very happy to play for.
Mike (Homer Glen, IL)
What jersey number will you try to get, or does it even matter?
Aaron Ross (1:50 PM)
It doesn;t matter at all, in high school i was number 3, in college i was number 31, but what number I wear is not a big issue with me, although I would like to wear number 31.
Frank (The Hood)
how do you think the longhorns will do next year, with colt mccoy being a year older
Aaron Ross (1:51 PM)
UT is always good, so with Colt being seasoned and everyone coming back, I think everything will go very well with the team.
Aaron Ross (1:53 PM)
To the whole Long Horn Nation thanks for watching me all four years and keep cheering for me, and I hope to chat with you again in the near future!
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