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Washington Huskies Receiver John Ross finds a home with Cincinnati

Washington junior receiver John Ross, who made a name for himself forever by running the fastest recorded 40 time in NFL Combine history, was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals with the ninth pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Ross was timed at a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest ever at the NFL combine, besting the 4.24 of former East Carolina running back Chris Johnson. He also jumped 37 inches in the vertical jump and 11-1 in the standing broad jump. 

2016 was a phenomenal year for the 5-10.5, 188-pound Ross at Washington where he earned All-America First Team (,, All-America Second Team (Associated Press, CBS Sports, FOX Sports), and All-Pac-12 First Team honors, as well as being a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, handed out to the nation's best college receiver.

Ross finished his UW career with 28 total touchdowns, 1924 yards from scrimmage, as well as 2069 total return yards. He finished the 2017 season with 17 touchdown receptions, the second-highest total in both UW and Pac-12 history (one shy of Mario Bailey's record of 18) ... third in the NCAA-FBS in TD receptions ... also 29th in the nation in scoring ... 81 receptions were third-most in UW history while 1,150 yards were fourth-most ... returned to the field after a year off in a big way in the season-opening win over Rutgers, scoring three TDs in the win ... returned his fourth career kickoff for a touchdown, breaking the UW record (formerly 3, Jim Krieg, 1970-71) ... scored on a 92-yard return, his fifth career scoring play of 90 yards or more. 

He played half the 2014 season at cornerback, where he started four games. Overall in his UW career, Ross played in 40 games, starting 21 times. 

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