By Mehdi Jullien — March 21, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.
Until the Draft, Touchdown Actu offers you the best videos every day of the best players who will be selected on April 27, 28 and 29 in Philadelphia. John Ross –…
Until the Draft, Touchdown Actu offers you the best videos every day of the best players who will be selected on April 27, 28 and 29 in Philadelphia.
John Ross – Receiver – 22 – Junior – Washington
Cut : 1m80
Weight : 86kg
Estimated draft position: middle/end of first round
Stats 2016: 14 games, 81 receptions, 1,150 yards, 17 touchdowns, 8 carries, 102 yards, 1 touchdown
In one word: speed. The Washington receiver dazzled the NFL world on the combine with his time at the 40-yard dash. He broke the record by running the distance in 4.22 seconds. He couldn’t do the position drills due to cramps, but he was able to demonstrate on his Pro Day that he wasn’t just an extremely fast player. His routes were precise and his cuts were explosive.
Thanks to his speed and his changes of direction, Ross creates important differences with his defenders on curl and dig layouts. It is very dangerous on vertical layouts and in the slot, it can cause significant gaps. He has sure hands to receive the various passes and he quickly knows how to spot the ball in space after the throw from the quarterback. In terms of receptions, he is able to gain a lot of yards after taking the leather. Finally, he is a very good kick returner, whether on kick off or punt.
His small size and « light » weight make it difficult for him to face physical defenders. He has already stumbled during his tracks because of the opposing defense which was rough. He must learn to snatch contested receptions. In addition, it is necessary to work on its short and intermediate routes to become a constant threat to the opposing defenses. Finally, he is fragile injury-wise due to his fragile knees. He had surgery after his Pro Day and suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament in 2015.
NFL Comparison: Will Fuller
Strong points :
– Its speed
– Explosive direction changes
– Safe hands
Weak points :
– Light physics
– Must learn to fight for contested receptions
– Fragile knees