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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Wide Receiver John Ross

Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross runs the 40 yard dash during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross runs the 40 yard dash during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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In this 2017 NFL Draft profile, we look at the strengths and weaknesses of wide receiver John Ross out of Washington University.

Wide receiver John Ross was getting ready for the 2015 season for the Washington Huskies when he tore his ACL. Since then, he made a name for himself as a kick returner and a big play receiver. If it is needed, he could play cornerback since he played it for three games. In the 2017 NFL Draft, he’s a talented receiver ready to make a name for himself.

When he played cornerback, Ross had an interception and two pass breakups. Ross made a name for himself this past season as he made the all-American second team.

In the Pac 12, he recorded 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He enters the draft at 5 foot 11 inches tall weighing in at 190 pounds. He is compared to Will Fuller of the Houston Texans.

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STRENGTHS

Ross has the extra gear to make defenses to play on the heels. When corners open Ross’s hips early, it allows him to still be able to attempt his curl and cross routes. He has great hands and great hand-eye coordination. He has plenty of size to either play the inside or outside.

He has some experience in returning punts or kicks which are a big plus to have. When he plays the slot position he is able to use the burst of speed and create the separation he needs to create a big play.

WEAKNESSES

He is undersized with an average strength that will draw a question mark in drafting him. The weight will cause his body to be too far out and his toes at times. He will need to sharpen his intermediate routes. Ross has a major problem with both of his knees.

He had a major injury to both knees throughout his college career so you wonder if he’s durable enough to last an entire season in the NFL. Struggled to get into his routes in one of the biggest games of his early career.

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DRAFT DAY PREDICTION

Ross will likely be drafted in the 1st Round as a mid to late rounder (19th-28th) pick in this year’s draft. Ross seems like he has a ton of potential to be a reliable player but he definitely has some areas of his games to fix. If he finds the right offensive scheme to fit in he should have a good career when all is said and done.

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