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Maryland football NFL Draft profile: Brandon Ross looks to capitalize on late-season success

Maryland's running back had his best performances at the very end of his senior season.

Alexander Jonesi

The 2016 NFL Draft will take place next week, starting Thursday, April 28 and ending two days later on April 30. Maryland has a few players who will surely be drafted, plus a couple others who could sneak into the late rounds or will at least be fighting for roster spots in training camp. We'll break down all of them.

Maryland running back Brandon Ross was never any sort of star during his five years in College Park, but he did lead the Terps in rushing yards in three of the last four seasons. He leaves with a spot in Maryland football's record books as the the program's fourth all-time leading rusher.

He had the best season of his career as a senior. In Maryland's home finale against Indiana, he ran for a career-high 250 yards, destroying his previous career-high of 150, which he set in the season-opener against Richmond. He finished his career with a 173-yard game against Rutgers.

Draft projections

CBS Sports has him going undrafted as the No. 573 player available in the draft and the No. 42 running back. NFL Draft Scout also ranks him as the No. 42 running back available. If projections include him, they have him going undrafted.

Maryland stats

2015: 12 games, 6.39 yards per rush, 150 attempts, 958 yards, 10 touchdowns

Career: 43 games, 5.23 yards per rush, 486 attempts, 2543 yards, 19 touchdowns

Pro day performance

40-yard dash: 4.44 seconds
225-pound bench press reps:

Vertical jump: 37.15 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet 10 inches
Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Weight: 201 lbs.

(Stats are unofficial.)

Where Ross goes from here

Like A.J. Hendy and Anthony Nixon before him, Ross's best chance to land on an NFL roster will likely come as an undrafted free agent. He doesn't have outstanding speed or tackle-breaking ability, and isn't much of a receiving threat. It's highly unlikely he'll hear his name called during the draft, but should have a chance to compete for a spot in training camp.