2017 NFL Draft big board: Top 10 wide receiver prospects
By Dan Dahlke
3. John Ross, Washington (5-11, 185) — Film Grade: 83.0
Quick Take: What Ross lacks in size, he makes up for with blazing speed and dynamic playmaking ability. Ross can break a game open by burning his man down the sideline and hauling in a big downfield reception.
He also has the ability to shake defenders in space and gain real estate with the ball in his hands. In 2016, Ross led the Huskies in receiving with 81 receptions for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has some of the best hands of the class.
Ross’s polished route-running ability, quick footwork, and 0-60 acceleration allow him to consistently create separation on the field. This also allows him to win at the line of scrimmage and beat press man.
Despite the eye-popping athleticism and speed, Ross’s game does come with some red flags. Given his smaller frame, durability has to be a concern at the next level. Ross missed the entire 2015 season with a knee injury. He will also undergo labrum surgery this spring.
Some may wonder if Ross has the size to hold up to for a full 16-game NFL season.