Houston Texans: Drafting Ross Blacklock signals the sign of a new era

Houston Texans defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans defensive end Ross Blacklock (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

The tangibles

Blacklock is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound behemoth with 32.38-inch arms and 9.75-inch hands which will be more than enough to wreak havoc on the defensive line.  He had a terrific combine this past Winter and was able to nail the 40-yard dash in 4.90 seconds, which is quite impressive considering his size.

He was named to the first-team All-Big 12 for this past season and did make the second team for the AP All-Big 12 list as well.  He’s a local product, a native of MoCity, playing his high school ball at Elkins.  Blacklock doesn’t even have the leave the house as he’ll be just minutes away from NRG Stadium.

Ross missed all of the 2018 season recovering from an Achilles’ injury that occurred during a practice but roared back his junior season, which would mark his final campaign with the Horned Frogs.

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Although there’s a concern, since he’s rebounded nicely from such an injury, I think he’ll be fine, especially considering his youth and being able to heal quickly.

By the way, his father, Jimmy, is an accomplished basketball athlete, having been a tenured member of the Harlem Globetrotters.  In 2016, he was inducted into the University of Texas’ Hall of Fame, not only for his talent but likely because him being the first African-American starter and the first to letter in basketball from 1970-72 so there’s a lot of legacy with this family name.