Former Blue Devil captain Ross Cockrell was drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday afternoon with 109th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Waxhaw, N.C. native, who was a four year starter in Durham, received his second straight All-ACC first team nod. This season he has amassed a team-leading 12 pass breakups with three interceptions, 36 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack on the way to breaking Duke
's all-time passes defended and pass breakup records.
Perhaps the most identifiable trait according to various NFL Draft experts was his versatility. He improved his stock with pro day and draft combine 40 times in the mid 4.4 range. He also showed improvement in production after his first two seasons, recording four interceptions in his first two seasons, but recorded eight over his junior and senior seasons.
During his final game in a Blue Devil uniform, Cockrell held Texas A&M star wide receiver Mike Evans (first round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) to just four catches and 72 yards. He followed up his strong showing in the bowl game by recording an interception in the East-West Shrine game.
Cockrell will join former teammate Thaddeus Lewis on the Buffalo roster. Lewis started five games for the Bills last season and completed 93 of 157 passes for 1,092 yards and four touchdowns.