MOBILE, Ala. — Dan Mullen would love if former Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross joined forces with Dak Prescott as part of the Dallas Cowboys.
“It would be a lot of fun,” the Bulldogs coach told SEC Country after a Senior Bowl practice Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “For me, it would be easier for me to cheer for all the guys on one team. I pick my teams off of who has our players, and I cheer for the guys that played for me. If we keep them on one team, I guess I would cheer for one team.”
Earlier Wednesday, there was a report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Drew Davison that revealed the Cowboys met twice with Ross during the pre-Senior Bowl interview process. Dallas could look to add a wide receiver in the NFL Draft, and it seems logical Ross would be considered, given his familiarity with the young Cowboys quarterback. Prescott and Ross combined for 1,007 yards on 88 passes in the 2015 season, their final together at Mississippi State.
Mullen considers Ross, a native of Tyler, Texas, to be a valuable asset. Some view Ross as a mid- to late-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, which begins April 27.
A reunion of Ross and Prescott in Dallas would be extra special, Mullen said.
“It would be a neat story for those two, because they work hard,” Mullen said. “Both of them are tremendous. Dak is such a grinder, a worker. And Fred’s that guy. Fred’s a come-to-work, everyday-he-gives-you-everything-he’s-got-every-single-day (player).”
Ross finished with 199 catches for 2,528 yards with 22 touchdowns in 4 seasons with the Bulldogs from 2013-16. Mullen said the Senior Bowl should serve as a valuable opportunity for Ross to showcase his ability before NFL scouts.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for everybody to see his work ethic, what he does in drills, his seriousness of what he’s going to bring to the table every single day – not just on the field, what you can see on film,” Mullen said, “but just who he is on a daily basis.”