Ross' rookie deal with Giants could be worth $13.5 million

Updated: July 26, 2007, 12:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The New York Giants reached a contract agreement with first-round cornerback Aaron Ross on Thursday.

Ross will sign a five-year contract with a maximum value of about $13.5 million.

Ross, the 20th overall prospect chosen in the draft, should quickly compete for significant roles on both defense and special teams.

Despite being just a one-year starter at Texas, Ross is viewed as an impact defender, and he dramatically enhanced his stock at the predraft combine workouts. Ross was timed at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, one of the fastest times of any of the players in Indianapolis, and also had a 34-inch vertical jump.

In addition to his speed, Ross has prototype cornerback size (6-feet-0, 193 pounds), and scouts feel he can gain another 10-12 pounds without sacrificing any quickness. Beyond his coverage skills, Ross is considered a tough hitter who will not shy away from supporting the run, though some teams felt Ross didn't always play as quick as his 40-time indicated.

For his college career, Ross totaled 205 tackles, five tackles for losses, 10 interceptions, 33 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and two recoveries in 51 appearances, with 15 starts. The bulk of that production came in 2006, when Ross started all 13 games and registered 80 tackles, six interceptions and 19 pass deflections.

Ross also averaged 11.8 yards on 76 returns in college and scored three touchdowns.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.