Ross Blacklock 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Possible Fits

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Ross Blacklock 2020 NFL Draft Profile

2020 NFL Draft

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Ross Blacklock is one of the better defensive linemen in the 2020 NFL draft and should be selected within the first two rounds. Blacklock played two years with the TCU Horned Frogs and showed enough in a short sample size for teams to be highly interested. 

College Career: Blacklock played two seasons with TCU and produced 39 solo tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Blacklock was the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2017 and a First-team All-Big 12 selection in 2019.

Strengths: Blacklock is listed as a defensive tackle, but at 6’3”, 290 pounds and with a 4.9 40-time at the NFL combine, he could spend some time at defensive end. Blacklock gets off the line quickly, moves well for his size and has great closing speed when approaching the ball carrier. Blacklock has good footwork, uses his hands well and sheds blocks consistently. Blacklock is strong at the point of attack and closes run gaps quickly. Blacklock also has a high motor and plays with the same effort each game / play.

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Weaknesses: Blacklock missed 2018 with an achilles tear and it forced him to be kind of a one-year wonder. There’s not a ton of tape on Blacklock and it leads to questions of just how good he actually is. Blacklock can sometimes play with high pad level and it allows him to be controlled and even knocked to the ground at times. Blacklock does a good job of forcing double teams, but he has to show he can split them, especially if he's going to be an edge rusher in some packages. Blacklock can struggle on the interior against bigger offensive linemen, which will either encourage a position change or getting in the weight room.  

Possible Fits: The Green Bay Packers need defensive help wherever they can find it and Blacklock is an instant shot in the arm along the line. The Seattle Seahawks need defensive line depth with the departures of Quinton Jefferson and Al Woods. The San Francisco 49ers clearly can never have enough depth on defense and Blacklock allows the rich to get richer. The New England Patriots have a thing for players like Blacklock with his combination of size, power and speed.

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