Everyone now knows the name John Ross after he set the combine ablaze with a record 40-yard dash time and now they’ll know him as the receiver who makes plays across from AJ Green for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The former Washington Husky had a strong junior year, and has elite athletic attributes that NFL GMs are drooling over. The obvious aspect that jumps off the page is his speed which will help him get off the line of scrimmage and blow past corners on the outside.
Is this a good fantasy football fit?
John Ross gives the Bengals somewhat vanilla offense an immediate jolt of speed. Ross will put up similar numbers to Sterling Shepard, but has the skill-set of Brandin Cooks. He’s not a prototypical smaller slot guy, as he can take the top off the defense and make things easier for Andy Dalton. With the defense focusing on AJ Green, Ross will feast on single coverage with his precise route running and burning speed. This is a plus for everyone involved — if he can stay healthy.
Ross’ Combine Analysis
As mentioned earlier, Ross headlined the NFL Combine by breaking Chris Johnson’s previous 40-yard dash record time of 4.24 seconds with a time of 4.22 seconds. That is BLAZING fast of course as he set a new combine record. Aside from the 40, Ross performed very well in the broad jump with a 133.0 inch jump. He graded out overall as a 6.19 which is NFL starter caliber grading.
How good was Ross in college?
Ross was a four star recruit coming into college at Washington. The #54th ranked “athlete” saw action as a returner and corner before nestling into a role at receiver. In his freshman and sophomore years, Ross combined for 33 catches, 579 yards and 5 touchdowns. Nothing worth writing home about, until his junior year explosion. With Washington having an all-time year nationally and making it all the way into the playoffs, Ross had a huge hand in helping the Husky offense churn out consistent production. Ross put up junior year numbers of 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. He was just too damn fast for other corners to cover, and recorded five multi score games in 2016.