Blue Devil cornerback Ross Cockrell was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round with the 109th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Cockrell was a four year starter for Duke, missing only two games over the course of his career, both as a result of injury. He is a two time All-ACC selection and was the anchor for the Blue Devil secondary. Cockrell recorded 227 tackles, seven tackles for loss, with 12 interceptions and 53 total passes defended over his career
Cockrell is the earliest Duke player to be drafted since Lennie Freeman was taken in the second round in 1999. Former teammate Sean Renfree was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in last year’s draft.
Cockrell impressed scouts with his speed at the combine and has been praised for his intelligence, awareness, and timing on the field.
Ross will join a strong secondary in Buffalo that only gave up 204.4 passing yards per game last season, good for 6th in the league.
Cockrell will join fellow Duke alum quarterback Thad Lewis in Buffalo. The Bills also selected ACC standout Sammy Watkins from Clemson with the fourth pick in the draft.