John Ross Scout Report


Mister speedster John Ross III is the last of the bunch. We're just one day away from the draft, how exciting is this?! I can't wait to let you guys know what I think about the Seahawks draft picks but we'll save that for later! The 40 yard dash record holder is another player from UW capable of being a first rounder in this year's draft, alongside Baker and King (Jones is out of the picture due to a pro day injury) but is John Ross worth a top 10 pick ? 


John Ross III is a 5ft11 190 lbs WR from UW. He's part of Washington's best team in the past few years. Ross's college career was good, despite missing a whole season he still manage to rack up 1729 yards in 114 receptions, he averaged 15.2 yards per catch with 22 TDs. Rushing wise he saw some sucess with a total of 195 yards in 20 rushes so don't be surprised if you see John on several end around plays in the NFL. 

Mister 40 yard dash. Not much needed to say. When comparing measurables with ther players Jerome Mathis pops into view, the former pro bowler is a tale of caution for John Ross, he held the previous 40 yard dash record but was drafted in the 4th round and even then the risk didn't work out, he played 12 games on his rookie season and had only five receptions, he then spent most of his career injured. Of course they are diferent players and no man is the same but It's worth ponting out that it is a risk to draft someone solely on his combine but thankfully John already had first round hype around him before the combine with crazy plays and a good college career with the Huskies.

The tape confirms Ross' big play ability, the speed and the great catching ability. Also the tape doesn't lie and confirms his athleticism but also his weakness in staying healthy during the game. He's a born competitor and will get annoyed when he drops passes or when the pass isn't right so he'll need to stay a bit calmer in the NFL but I don't see that as a negative, it just shows his will to succed and be the best at his position.
Strenghts : Has a huge vertical speed, is a great route runner and can adapt and create spaces out of a failed route, he can trick the corner with his feet and hip movement and in the NFL that is key to get just the smallest big of separation to make a big play. He's good at tracking the ball when is in the air and when he catches the ball in stride he's gone, he can make players miss and is hard to take down thanks to his speed because he never gives you a good angle to tackle him. Worth pointing out he's a great returner and took at least one kick off for a touchdown over his 3 years in UW.
Weaknesses : Injury prone, it's vital that John manages to stay healthy or he'll never reach his ceiling that in my opinion is quite high. He's not the strongest player and can be bullied out of plays. Sometimes he can't keep his feet right and stumbles on his own, needs to work on short routes as those are vital to keep drives alive in the NFL. Also due to his short size and strenght issues he can lose contested catches. 

Provided that Ross can stay healthy he's going to be one of the NFL's best receivers. He's got the pace, the route running (that could be polished) and the spetacular catch abilty. John in my opinion isn't a top 15 pick because of his health issues (we've seen in the NFL that smaller, ligher receivers are more injury prone) but based purely on ability I'd say that to answer my question, yes he's a top 10 pick. However I can't stress this enough, he is injury prone! It's always a risk when you draft a small WR with injury issues so high but football is a game of risk, if you don't take a chance you'll never know what could have been and in my opinion it's better to try and fail than to wonder what could have been, specially when we're talking about a wide receiver needy team like the Titans or the Eagles, but specially the fomer, with two first round picks the Titans could take a risk with John Ross if not, I'm sure he'll make everytime that skipped him regret it.

So, that's it! What do you think? Agree with me? Disagree ? Let me know ! @ me on twitter on either @Peter1678 or @NFLPeter


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