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Can WR John Ross Injury Draft-Day-Deliver Him To Cowboys?

Can WR John Ross Injury Deliver Him To Cowboys? Our Updated Look at The NFL Draft Prospect ... And A Potential Slide ...

John Ross of Washington is heading to the NFL Scouting Combine … and heading to surgery, too.

Ross has a torn labrum that will require shoulder surgery. He'll undergo the procedure after participating on some level in the Combine, at the end of this month. Smart people in Cowboys Nation hope for a slide ...

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And remember, we're talking about a player that Dane Brugler thinks is worthy of the 19th overall pick (to Tampa, part of Dane's mock.)

Because he plays in the PAC-12 and most of the primetime games are after dark, some have been quick to forget about the wideout, instead giving the attention to players like Mike Williams, Malachi Dupre, or Amara Darboh. But Ross might just be the best of them all. (Brugler's mock draft has Ross going behind Williams and Corey Davis.)

I don’t typically use statistical production to prove the worth of prospects, but Ross’ numbers are remarkably impressive. Currently in his junior year, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver has caught 72 passes for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns. His size may make some people nauseous, but many smaller receivers have paved way for outside success in the past few years. 

Players like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr, and T.Y. Hilton are all examples of No. 1 receivers who are under 6-0. Let’s take a look at some highlights from Ross’ time at the University of Washington.

A player of Ross’ stature has to win with quickness. In this play, we see Ross’ ability at the line of scrimmage. The Rutgers cornerback lets him get outside release after Ross puts on a quick stutter step at the line of scrimmage. From there, Ross uses his speed to beat his man and get free in the gap between his man and the looming free safety. A well-placed football leads to a deep touchdown reception for Ross.

Ross’ ball skills are also impressive. Pairing those ball skills with his speed is a deep threat that can give defenses nightmares. In this play, Ross is running his deep crossing pattern from the slot. His speed gets him past the free safety, a complete blown coverage. However, it is his adjustment to the ball in the air that makes the play so impressive.

All season long, Lucky Whitehead has continued to show his gaffes as a kick returner. In fact, Whitehead has fumbled four times on 26 career touches. There is nothing more heartbreaking than a fumble to start the game. Enter Ross, a player that can simply score six whenever he touches the football.

Going back to Ross’ ability at the line of scrimmage, he poses such a threat with his quick feet. In this play, Ross gets free with ease after faking his man outside. Ross picks up an easy first down because of it.

If cornerbacks are asked to be on an island with Ross, it’s going to lead to a ton of problems. His speed is simply no match for a cornerback who has to engage with him at the line of scrimmage and then keep distance with him on the outside. Ross walks in for an easy touchdown on the next play because of his get-off at the line of scrimmage.

With the ball in his hands, Ross has the ability to create yardage on his own. So many receivers in the NFL are touted because of their ability to do this. In this play, Ross eludes multiple defenders to find a seam to score a touchdown.

If given the space to operate, Ross can make opponents pay. Defenders key in on star players and that often leads to defenders looking to jump routes and make big plays. However, this double move from Ross proves that he can win one-on-one battles thanks to his subtle moves at the line of scrimmage paired with his quickness.

There are some areas where Ross can greatly improve. The Cowboys love how their wide receivers can block. Even Whitehead has been a nice contributor in the rushing attack for chipping the edge and providing an extra element when he’s on the field. Ross will need to put on weight and learn an NFL offense, but an offseason condition program can put him on the right track.

Ross’ ball skills are also impressive. Pairing those ball skills with his speed is a deep threat that can give defenses nightmares. In this play, Ross is running his deep crossing pattern from the slot. His speed gets him past the free safety, a complete blown coverage. However, it is his adjustment to the ball in the air that makes the play so impressive.

All season long, Lucky Whitehead has continued to show his gaffes as a kick returner. In fact, Whitehead has fumbled four times on 26 career touches. There is nothing more heartbreaking than a fumble to start the game. Enter Ross, a player that can simply score six whenever he touches the football.

Going back to Ross’ ability at the line of scrimmage, he poses such a threat with his quick feet. In this play, Ross gets free with ease after faking his man outside. Ross picks up an easy first down because of it.

If cornerbacks are asked to be on an island with Ross, it’s going to lead to a ton of problems. His speed is simply no match for a cornerback who has to engage with him at the line of scrimmage and then keep distance with him on the outside. Ross walks in for an easy touchdown on the next play because of his get-off at the line of scrimmage.

With the ball in his hands, Ross has the ability to create yardage on his own. So many receivers in the NFL are touted because of their ability to do this. In this play, Ross eludes multiple defenders to find a seam to score a touchdown.

If given the space to operate, Ross can make opponents pay. Defenders key in on star players and that often leads to defenders looking to jump routes and make big plays. However, this double move from Ross proves that he can win one-on-one battles thanks to his subtle moves at the line of scrimmage paired with his quickness.

There are some areas where Ross can greatly improve. The Cowboys love how their wide receivers can block.  Ross will need to put on weight and learn an NFL offense, but an offseason condition program can put him on the right track. Dallas is facing the possibility of losing T-Will and Butler in free agency ... and here might be a solution -- a player very worthy of the 28th pick who some teams pass on due to the surgery.

How does Ross compare with Terrance Williams? How does he fit with Dez Bryant? I've got an expansive look at that here in CowboysHQ Premium.


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