John Ross is probably the most intriguing and explosive player in the entire draft. Ross was injury plagued all of his career at Washington including two meniscus tears, a torn ACL, and a shoulder injury after this season that requires surgery. However, throughout all these injuries, Ross was still able to be named First-Team All-Pac-12 in 2016 and AP Pac-12 Player of the Year. Ross originally played WR his freshman season but in 2014, Ross started 7 games at WR and 4 at CB. Ross finished college with 114 receptions, 1729 yards, and 22 touchdowns. Ross also finished with 4 kickoff return touchdowns which demonstrates his amazing athletic ability.
Ross set the record of the fastest 40 yard dash time by posting an incredible 4.22 40 yard dash. Ross measured in at 5’11” 190 pounds. Ross even seemed to tweak his hamstring about three-quarters of the way through but still managed to beat Chris Johnson’s record. Teams absolutely fall in love with speed like that and CB’s immediately are afraid to face the 22-year-old. The deep threat WR is mocked anywhere from about 8-20 in the first round of the draft.
Pros: John Ross has an innate ability to stretch a defense with his lightning speed down the field. He is not just a one-route runner however as he is able to run any route in the route tree. Ross has unbelievable footwork (as expected for a speedster like Ross) and has very solid hands. He is very versatile as he can line up in the slot, backfield, and on the outside.
Cons: Ross is a tad undersized for a true outside wide receiver and even though he did not drop too many passes, he has a tendency to chest catch which he wont get away with at the next level. Obviously the injuries are a HUGE concern for NFL GMs because Ross may never be able to overcome all of these injury problems. Ross also underperformed in the playoff game against Alabama with only 5 receptions for 28 yards.
John Ross is very similar to a dynamic weapon like Desean Jackson or Brandin Cooks. The Eagles are in DESPERATE need of a downfield threat. The Eagles did address the weakness at WR with the signings of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Both of these signings are to only 1 year deals (Torrey Smith’s deal can become a 1 year deal) and the Eagles could add a longtime weapon in Ross.
The Eagles have had a tough time replacing Jackson and Maclin who both left during the Chip Kelly regime. John Ross might be the perfect fir in Philly, where a big play receiver is a definite need.