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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Duke CB Ross Cockrell

05.04.14 at 5:33 pm ET
By will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.


Position: Cornerback

School: Duke

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 191 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012 first-team All-ACC (media, coaches), three-time Academic All-ACC, 2012 All-American honorable mention (Sports Illustrated), 2012 Willis Aldridge Award as Duke’€™s most outstanding defensive back, 2010 freshman third-team All-American (Phil Steele)

What he brings: According to scouts, Cockrell has solid awareness on the field and plays with discipline. They also say, though, that he has a small frame and some tightness in his hips.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-5

Notes: Cockrell graduated with a degree in political science in May 2013 but returned for the 2013 season while he pursued a graduate degree in the subject. He finished his career at Duke with the fourth-most passes defended, sixth-most passes broken up and 10th-most interceptions (tied). … During the 2012 season, Cockrell acted as a team captain and had a school-record 75-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown. … Cockrell made his Duke debut in 2010 after redshirting during the 2009 season. Cockrell, who’€™s father played football at Columbia, started in all 12 games during that first season and finished the year with 60 tackles — the sixth most on the team. He also led Duke with three interceptions and was second on the team with seven passes broken up.

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Video: Here is a video that highlights Cockrell’s career with Duke.

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