Draft Profile: John Ross, WR Washington

By: Michael Duncan

John Ross, WR Washington

5’11” 188, 31 1/2″ arms, 8 3/4″ hands

4.22 40, 37″ vert, 133″ broad jump


2013: 13 games. 16 rec, 208 yards, 1 TD; 6 att, 39 yards

2014: 13 games. 17 rec, 371 yards, 4 TDs; 6 att, 54 yards, 1 TD

Missed 2015 due to torn ACL.

2016: 14 games. 81 rec, 1150 yards, 8 TDs; 8 att, 102 yards, 1 TD

Misc. Stats: Also returned 86 kicks for 2069 yards (24.1) for 4 TDs, 4 PR for 21 yards in career. Started 3 games at CB, had 1 int, two pass breakups, 18 total tackles (1 for loss)

Accolades: 2016 2nd team All-American, 2016 first-team All-Pac-12.

Injuries: Missed 2015 due to torn left ACL and meniscus. Surgery to repair torn labrum after the combine and might miss majority of off-season programs after draft.

History: Prepped in Long Beach, Ca. Played WR/CB/KR and also ran track. Recruited by Steve Sarkisian.

Strengths:  Fastest player in combine history and it shows on film as he blows by everyone.  Very good at tracking deep balls in the air and adjusting to make the catch.  Incredible run after catch ability. Had 8 return TDs in college.  Has very good footwork upon release and repeatedly made defenders look silly at the start of the route.  Can play in the slot although wouldn’t want him there full time.

Weaknesses:  Small frame and not very strong. Not the type to get physical with the DB and go up and get a catch. Body catches more than you would prefer. Main concern is the medical history.  3 knee surgeries (what would he have run before them?) and torn labrum. 

Overview: One of the most dynamic play-makers to come along in a while. Adam Caplan referred to him as a possibly a “more explosive Desean Jackson.”  Unfortunately the medical history is a major concern and could cause a draft day slide.

Draft Projection: Easy top 15 pick without injury concerns. Might slide out of round 1 due to medicals.

Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.5