Name: Ross Blacklock
Position: Defensive tackle
40-yard dash: 4.90
Bench: Did not bench
20-yard shuttle: 4.67
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How he fits: Detroit addressed some of the need they had upfront along their defensive line in free agency with the signing of veteran defensive tackles Danny Shelton and Nick Williams, who join Da’Shawn Hand, John Atkins, Kevin Strong and Olive Sagapolu to make up the current interior of Detroit's defensive line. The Lions could certainly look to add some talent and depth to that unit, especially with Hand missing 13 games last year due to injury and three games the year before as a rookie. Blacklock is someone most analysts project to be a late first-round pick or an early Day 2 selection.
An Achilles injury sidelined him for the 2018 season, but Blacklock dropped 25 pounds coming back from the injury and gained some quickness and explosiveness in the process that turned into some pretty good production for the Horned Frogs in 2019. Blacklock recorded 40 tackles, nine tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks playing all across TCU's defensive front.
Key observations: Blacklock tied for the TCU lead with 3.5 sacks, while his nine tackles for loss tied for second. He was tied for fifth on the team with 40 tackles and recorded a tackle for loss in seven games.
His father, Jimmy, played basketball at Texas, where he was a senior captain and team MVP in 1972. Jimmy played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1974 to 1987, and is the Globetrotters' head coach.
Ceiling and potential are high for Blacklock, considering he's somewhat raw with only two years of college ball under his belt. He'll have to adjust to some technique refinement, but he's a terrific athlete.
What they had to say about him: "A two-year starter at TCU, Blacklock was the nose tackle in head coach Gary Patterson's slanting, multiple front. Highly recruited out of high school, his college career didn't go quite as planned, missing two seasons and starting two seasons, but people didn't need to know his jersey number to spot him on the Horned Frogs' defensive line.
"As the son of a Harlem Globetrotters legend, Blacklock checks the boxes for size, core strength and athleticism, firing off the ball to win early or make himself small through gaps. He displays contact balance and length at the point of attack, although his shed and pass rush technique are still a work in progress. Overall, Blacklock doesn't get home enough on tape, but all the traits are there with his blend of size, quickness and power to develop into a disruptive presence, projecting as a versatile lineman who can play anywhere from the nose to the five-technique." – Dane Brugler, The Athletic
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How he stacks up: There's a pretty solid consensus among draft analysts across the board that Auburn's Derrick Brown and South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw are the top two defensive tackles in this class, then there's a bit of a drop off to the second tier of defensive tackles, to which Blacklock belongs.
NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah mocked Blacklock to the Kansas City Chiefs at pick No. 32 in his latest mock draft and lists Blacklock as the No. 19 overall prospect in his Top 50 list of this class.
Scouts Inc. lists Blacklock as the No. 26 overall prospect.
What he had to say: "Teams and fans are going to get a leader," Blacklock said at the Combine when a reporter asked him what the team that drafts him will be getting. "I'm a natural-born leader as a player. It's something that just grew as part of me as an athlete.
"A guy that's going to be accountable at all times, (who) holds people to high standards, like myself. I want people to hold me to a high standard just like I will hold them to a higher standard as well. A guy who just wants to be great. I see people in the NFL, some of the greatest athletes in the world, and I just want to be in the same topic. I don't do it for money. Of course you get paid a lot of money, but I just do it for the passion of football."