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Giants Come to Terms with First-Round Pick Aaron Ross

RossThe Giants have come to terms with their number one pick, cornerback Aaron Ross.  The team will now have all eight draft picks at the start of camp, as they also came to terms with second-round pick Steve Smith on Thursday.  The deal with Ross has yet to be signed, but will be done by the end of the day according to the Star Ledger.  The deal is reportedly for five years at $8 mil guaranteed, and up to $13.5 million after incentives.  Ross, who is 6-foot-1, 192 pounds is slated to battle with Sam Madison in training camp.  Below is the scouting report on Ross:

Ross not only excelled as a cover cornerback for the Longhorns, but was also a standout as a punt returner, scoring three times on 76 runbacks during his career. His natural hands were evident, as he also deflected 33 passes and intercepted 10 others. Despite only one full season as a starter, he also generated 205 career tackles.

At John Tyler High School, Ross competed as a cornerback, wide receiver and running back during his three-year career. He was tabbed second-team Class 5A All-State after posting six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks and allowing just one touchdown reception as a senior. He also returned a fumble and a blocked punt for a score in 2000, adding 350 rushing yards (on 46 carries) and five touchdowns and caught five passes for 200 yards and two scores that year.

Ross posted a career-high 362 all-purpose yards against Katy High as a senior and registered three interceptions while rushing for a touchdown against Lufkin High. He added four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and seven blocked kicks as a junior, scoring a total of seven times on offense. His best game was against Marshall, when he amassed 272 all-purpose yards, rushed for a pair of touchdowns and had an interception.

As a sophomore, Ross played at San Antonio Fox Tech. He rushed for 486 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 382 yards and three scores on offense. He also intercepted five passes and blocked 10 kicks. During his time at both schools, he lettered four times as a sprinter in track & field and twice in basketball.


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