On May 16, 2013, Cockrell was named to Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List prior to his senior season. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Searcy started the Panthers first two games before hitting injured reserve after sustaining two concussions.  Although he had a good showing at the combine, Cockrell decided to participate in all the events during Duke's Pro Day. Not great. That’s football.  On October 1, 2015, he intercepted his first career pass from Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco and returned it for 37-yards.  Cockrell was selected to the first team All-ACC following his junior season.  It made him the highest Duke football player drafted since Lennie Friedman with the 61st selection of the 1999 NFL Draft. Even if the Panthers bring in someone to start over Searcy in 2019 he should still be able to provide capable depth when called upon. And that was certainly a special race.". Ladies and gentlemen, let’s look at the brighter side for a moment and consider the following question: What if left tackle Matt Kalil, cornerback Ross Cockrell, and safety Da’Norris Searcy are all healthy — and competent — in 2019?  Also a top competitor in the 400 meters, he won the NCISAA 3A State championships with a personal-best time of 48.42 seconds. Pro Football Focus noted the former New York Giant had a career year in 2017 with an 81.6 grade and was the NFL’s 15th best corner in primary coverage. Carolina has won when protecting Teddy Bridgewater well in 2020. All three of these guys — Kalil, Cockrell, and Searcy — have been at least competent, if not better, at different times throughout their careers. , In week 3 of the 2019 season against the Houston Texans, Cockrell intercepted a pass thrown by wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and returned it for 37 yards in the 16-10 win. With McCaffrey back at practice, will he play at Kansas City in Week 9? Can some of 2018’s roster gaps be filled by guys already on the Panthers roster?  On May 15, 2014, the Bills signed Cockrell to a four-year, $2.68 million rookie contract. Ross Cockrell "very proud" of speedy sister Jun 13, 2018 at 01:13 PM. "I was jumping around screaming," Cockrell continued. Among Multiple Bucs Moves", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ross_Cockrell&oldid=985642588, Players of American football from Michigan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers currentteam parameter articles, Infobox NFL biography articles missing alt text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 02:36. Getty New Giants CB Ross Cockrell While it may not be the big-splash addition many New York Giants fans were hopeful for, Big Blue has turned to a familiar face in hopes of bolstering their secondary.  During the regular season he recorded 44 tackles, 11 passes defensed, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and recovered one fumble. On January 8, 2017, Cockrell started in his first career postseason game and made eight solo tackles in a 30-12 AFC Wild Card Game victory over the Miami Dolphins. He finished the 2016 season with a career-high 62 combined tackles, 14 pass deflections, and 16 regular season starts. Ross Cockrell (born August 6, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). "Oh, you know," Ross Cockrell said with a wry smile, "I don't want to put her down. Stranger things have happened. So if you haven't seen it yet, start at the 3:22 mark and be prepared to be amazed: The @usc_track_field Women of Troy had to win the 4x400m to win the national championship.WATCH WHAT #FIGHTON LOOKS LIKE! Three days later, he was fined $9,115 for a late hit against Lucky Whitehead during the loss to the Cowboys. ... “I had my family, I had my wife, I had a lot of people here to support me and help prop me up through this," Cockrell said. As a Panthers fan still trying to spit out the nasty aftertaste of an undercooked 7-9 season served up cold on a dirty plate, it has become easy for me to be overly pessimistic when looking at Carolina’s roster gaps. His last public post was on Facebook nearly two years ago. "That's kind of the age that we're living in now," Cockrell said.  In his first season with the Steelers, Cockrell played in 15 regular season games, and started in seven of those. Next man up. After repeatedly deconstructing the Panthers current roster I’m starting to feel like Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs, chanting myself into insanity, “Defensive end...offensive line...safety...defensive end...offensive line...safety…”. Getting competent play from Matt Kalil protecting Cam Newton’s blindside would be a game-changer for the Panthers. , Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 76th best cornerback prospect of his class. Ross Cockrell (born August 6, 1991) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). pic.twitter.com/BOrISxUXXq. Based on Kalil’s history of uneven play and mounting injuries “competent” is probably the best we can hope for, and it’s not completely out of the question. She's riding a cloud right now.". Oct 23. The main issues that worried scouts were physical attributes like having small hands, a skinny lower body, thin frame, short arms, and his lack of strength during press coverage and taking on blocks. Assuming all three players are healthy when the 2019 season kicks off, we can then only hope they are competent.  He was placed on injured reserve two days later. The reason for Panthers fans to be at least somewhat optimistic right now is the “next men up” may already be on the roster. Ron Rivera: Ross Cockrell is getting more reps at free safety b/c of his ability to make plays on the ball. In his sophomore season, he was a recipient of the Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award. Pre-emptive trade? Both Kalil (knee) and Cockrell (broken leg) got injured before the start of the regular season and spent the entire year on injured reserve. "My wife and I - we were just really excited.  He began the season as the Steeler's second cornerback, opposite longtime veteran William Gay.  He was an Honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated in his junior season.  On November 13, 2016, he made four solo tackles, an assisted tackle, and a pass deflection during a 35-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.  He was named to the Academic All-ACC as a Freshman. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was described as agile, consistent, aware, with good anticipation and a good feel for the game. Kalil’s $12.2 million cap hit next year will be tough to swallow, but as CSR’s Bradley Smith has expertly pointed out it doesn’t make financial sense to cut him in 2019. Hometown cornerback Ross Cockrell is eager to prove he can be a factor on the Carolina defense after a horrific leg injury in training camp last July. Cockrell attended Charlotte Latin High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was selected to the all-conference and all-state teams twice. , On September 23, 2020, Cockrell was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. LANDOVER, Md. Yes, the Panthers definitely have gaps to fill in free agency and via the draft, but what if the solutions to some of 2018’s problems are already on the roster? , Cockrell was selected in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. Matt Rhule is 'real hopeful' McCaffrey will play this weekend against the Chiefs. "But obviously in track it doesn't really happen that often when a team has that significant of a lead.". , Entering the 2014 NFL Draft, many analysts and scouts had Cockrell projected as a third or fourth round draft choice. In the season opener against the Washington Redskins, he made four combined tackles in the Steelers 38-16 victory. , On September 5, 2015, Cockrell signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. , He also ran for the Charlotte Latin High School track team. CB, #43. "When something special or amazing happens, everybody seems to gravitate to it. Three minutes before USC's anchor Kendall Ellis came out of nowhere to run down Purdue, Anna Cockrell began her second leg in fourth place.
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