The Denver Broncos did not select a Safety in the 2013 NFL Draft last month. Having six already on the roster may have had something to do with it. However, they did bring in a College Free Agent Safety by the name of Ross Rasner. Let’s see what we can find out about him.
Rasner is 6’-0”, 212 lbs out of Arkansas who celebrated his 22nd birthday early last month. NFL Draft Scout ranked him 34th out of 90 Free Safety prospects and 738th overall in the 2013 Draft class. Ross wasn’t expected to be taken during the draft. Here are his Pro Day measurables:
40 Yard Time – 4.61
20 Yard Split – 2.65
10 Yard Split – 1.60
Bench Press – 21
Vertical Press – 33.5”
Broad Jump – 120”
20 Yard Shuttle – 4.58
3-Cone Drill – 7.21
Rasner, who models his game after Roy Williams, played 43 games, with 4 starts during his career with the Razorbacks. He amassed 184 Tackles, 16 Tackles For Loss, 6.5 Sacks, 14 Pass Breakups, 3 Interceptions, 2 Forced Fumbles and 1 Fumble Recovery. He also returned 4 Kickoffs for 72 yards. A 2-time Letter-winner at Arkansas, Ross majored in criminal justice.
Rasner was a star two-way player who earned 1st-team all-state honors as a Linebacker at Reicher Catholic High School. He was rated as the No. 57 weak side Linebacker and the No. 86 athlete in the nation.
As a Freshman in 2009, Rasner played in 11 games for the Razorbacks. He collected 11 Tackles, one Quarterback Hurry and a Pass Breakup for the season. Ross was also a starter on Special Teams and finished 2nd on the squad with nine Tackles.
In 2010 he appeared in all 13 games and finished the season with 28 Tackles, 6 TFL’s, 2 Sacks, and one Fumble Recovery. He also tied for 3rd on the team with nine Special Teams Tackles.
During the 2011 campaign, Rasner moved to Linebacker and played in all 13 games with three starts. He finished the season with 53 Tackles, 2 TFL’s, 2 Sacks, three Pass Breakups, three Quarterback Hurries and one Fumble Recovery. His eight Tackles on Special Teams ranked 2nd on the team. Ross had two 7 Tackle games and three 6 Tackle performances in 2011.
On April 15th, 2011, Rasner was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance (a bottle of Crown Royal and a paper towel that contained marijuana). Both are misdemeanors. He was suspended indefinitely by coach Bobby Petrino, but it only ended up as a one game penalty.
Ross returned to Safety as a Senior (2012). He played all 12 games, leading the Razorbacks in Tackles with 92. along with eight Tackles For Loss, 2.5 Sacks, three Interceptions, seven Pass Breakups and two Forced Fumbles.
NFL Draft Scout analyst Dane Brugler:
“Although he looks lost in man coverage and when left alone in space, Rasner has strong hands to secure Tackles and could make a living coming downhill on Special Teams”
How he fits in Denver:
Ross Rasner played all four years at Arkansas starting on Special Teams his Freshman year and by his Junior year he started at Linebacker. He played Safety his senior year and that is where he is projected to play for the Broncos. Denver already has Mike Adams, David Bruton, Quinton Carter, Blake Gideon, Rahim Moore and Duke Ihenacho on the roster and they have only kept 5 Safeties in the past, so Rasner has at least two players to beat for a job. He already has a head start on Special Teams.
It appears the blemish on his record in 2011 has been handled and in my mind could be considered a hiccup. Ross has obviously matured from the incident. He proved that by putting his head down and working, as he rebounded to led the team in Tackles as a Senior.
– Kaptain Kirk