Former Meadowbrook standouts sign NFL contracts

Two Meadowbrook alumni signed contracts with NFL teams this past week as non-drafted free agents, hoping to make their respective teams out of training camp.

Brandian Ross, a cornerback who played at Division I-AA Youngstown State, signed with the defending champion Green Bay Packers.

“It is a privilege to be a part of the Packers organization,” said Ross. “They are an organization with such great tradition and honor.”

During his career at Youngstown State, Ross picked off seven passes, including three in his senior season. One of those interceptions was pivotal in his team’s upset of #13 Southern Illinois in the division I-AA ranks. For his performance, Ross gained All-Missouri Valley conference second team honors. Ross was also a part of Meadowbrook’s 2004 state championship team and graduated from Meadowbrook in 2007.

Also signing a NFL contract was former Virginia Tech defensive tackle John Graves, who signed with the Houston Texans.

The 6’3, 278-pound lineman will have an opportunity to play alongside pro-bowler Mario Williams if he makes the team out of camp. Though some would say Graves is undersized, according to hokiesports.com, during his time at Virginia Tech, he posted a 390-pound bench press as a redshirt freshman and had the highest vertical leap at his position at 34.5 inches.

During his college days, Graves was a key run stopper for the Hokies, and made 89 tackles during his career. The Meadowbrook alum also tallied 2.5 sacks and blocked three kicks during his career.

Graves, considered an intelligent player, as of press time he graduated with a degree in Psychology and Sociology, and was working on a third undergraduate degree according to www.hokiesports.com. Graves, like Ross, was also a part of the 2004 Meadowbrook state championship team, and graduated from Meadowbrook in 2006.

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