Name: Devin Ross
School: University of Colorado Boulder
Position: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Goals heading into my final season were to execute and do better than we did the season before, win a pac 12 championship and be the team everyone was afraid of at the end of the year. Also, personally wanted to improve statistically with receiving yards and touchdowns than I did the season before.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
Elusive, unguardable, fierce.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
This off season I will be training at Exos training facility in Carson, California at the Stub Hub Center. I will training 2-3 times a day working on my craft as a receiver getting mentally and physically prepared for the professional level. I will be in the film room every other day going over specific coverages and plays against those coverages. I will go over different ways of runnings routes and tightening up my route running so that it is more precise. I will be on the jugg machine everyday catching at least 100 balls from different directions and angles to ensure that I don’t drop a pass in camp or during the season. I will also get physical treatment every day after workouts to make sure my body is in the best shape possible to continue to perform at the high level that I’m used to.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
Whenever I am studying film on an opponent, the things I look for most are tendencies and weakness in the players that I will be going against a majority of the game. I look for if they are weaker against inside or outside releases and also what type of releases do they fall for the most. I look at the coverages teams run against another teams best receiver because I intend on being the best receiver on the field for that game. When I watch film on other receivers like Antonio Brown or Deandre Hopkins, I look at their strength as well to see how much I could incorporate that into my game. I also look at what type of corners and coverages frustrate them to make sure that if and when I ever encounter that type of play/coverage, it won’t be anything new to me.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
What separates me from other receivers in the country I believe is the amount of time and effort I put into my body and my mental state every day to make sure I am prepared for any and everything that will come my way. I look 10 steps ahead to ensure that I am prepared. Preparation is the key to success in this game and by me staying ready year round, I only have room for improvement in every aspect of the game. My mentality is different than others as well. I have the mentality that I WILL not be beat and I do whatever it takes to make that happen day in and day out. There are no time for breaks when your goals are as high as mine.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strengths that I will bring to an organization on and off the field are my commitment level, my consistency, my effort every day and every play, the countless amount of hours O dedicate to watching film, and my personality, I bring a can do attitude no matter what and that will never change. Players will be able to look to me everyday and trust that I am doing my job and that I will never give up on them in any circumstance. I will demand the best from myself and my teammates and will accept nothing less. Super bowl mindset 24/7 is what I am about, if you are not trying to win a championship than what are you doing? I am always a phone call away and am ready for competition every day of the week.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
My final sales pitch is that if you give me an opportunity, I WILL guarantee to make the most of it and strive to be the player that you guys trusted to sign. I will not make mistakes and if I do, I will learn from them immediately and ensure that they never happen again. I will be disciplined and listen to coaching at all costs. I love this game so much since I was a little kid and this moment is all I have dreamed of. I will give you all of my time and energy and strive to be the best professional I can possibly be day in and day out.