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2020 Draft Profile: TCU DT Ross Blacklock has the 'potential to develop into a top-flight interior pass rusher'

TCU DT Ross Blacklock

Height / Weight: 6'3" / 290 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 40 tackles (25 solo), 3.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss

Accolades: Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2017), Freshman All-American (2017), First-Team All-Big 12 (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #19

Giants current depth at DT: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, RJ McIntosh, Chris Slayton's Daniel Jeremiah: Blacklock is a dynamic interior defensive lineman. As a pass rusher, he launches out of his four-point stance and his bull rush is ferocious. He creates immediate knock-back. He is ultra-twitchy. He flashes a long-arm move where he can jolt, separate and finish. As a run defender, he successfully stacks and sheds single blocks, but he needs to improve his awareness and effectiveness versus double teams, where he gets washed down the line. He does have some durability concerns, but his skill set is special. Overall, Blacklock comes with some risk, but he's worth it. He has the potential to develop into a top-flight interior pass rusher.’s Lance Zierlein: Flashes menacing disruptive qualities as a gap seeker, but is just ordinary when forced to sit and take on blocks. Blacklock rebounded from a 2018 Achilles injury and showed off basketball quickness that was often too much for a single blocker. However, his technique and hand usage need work, as he's inconsistent holding the point and keeping his feet. He's a hit-or-miss run defender, but he's a relentless pass rusher with elite lateral quickness and change of direction to exploit interior galoots and open pathways to the pocket. Blacklock needs development as a one-gapping three-technique with rare movement talent and intriguing rush potential.

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