NFL DRAFT

Undrafted Wildcat Ross signs with Philadelphia

2010-04-27T00:00:00Z Undrafted Wildcat Ross signs with PhiladelphiaRyan Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Devin Ross spent 48 hours looking for a good fit.

He found one in Philadelphia.

Ross signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Eagles on Monday, two days after going unselected in the NFL draft.

The former UA cornerback will report to minicamp on Thursday with hopes of making the team as a special teams "gunner" or return man. The Eagles are thin at cornerback, meaning Ross could even compete for playing time on defense.

Ross was one of two former UA players to learn his football fate Monday. Guard Mike Diaz will try out for the Cleveland Browns.

"The Eagles got a hell of a player," said Harold Lewis, Ross' agent. "There's a reason why he was the best player in the state of California when he came out of high school. There's a reason he was a starting corner with the Arizona Wildcats, and why he led the team in tackles (in 2009). And there's a reason why the Eagles and other teams wanted him bad."

Ross played in the East-West Shrine Game and took part in the NFL Combine, leading many to believe he'd be a mid- to late-round pick. But Ross' 40-yard dash time was slow - 4.6 seconds.

Lewis said the 40 time was "99.9 percent of the reason he was off other people's draft boards." Ross later revealed that he was battling a quadriceps injury when he ran.

Diaz, a two-year starter at guard and tackle, said he likes his chances of making the Browns. He'll fly to Cleveland this week for a two-day tryout.

"I'm going to go in there with the mentality that I'm here to win a championship," he said. "All the fun and games were in college. Now, it's a reality. Now, it's serious.…"

"It'll be a happy ending when I get a nice roster spot and a nice chunk of change to put in my bank account," he said.

UA's NFL clasS

• TE Rob Gronkowski - Drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round

• DT Earl Mitchell - Drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round

• LB Vuna Tuihalamaka - Signed as a UFA with the Indianapolis Colts

• FB Chris Gronkowski - Signed as a UFA with the Dallas Cowboys

• CB Devin Ross - Signed as a UFA with the Philadelphia Eagles

• OL Mike Diaz - Invited to Cleveland Browns tryout camp

• S Cam Nelson - Invited to Chicago Bears tryout camp

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