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Prospect Profile: Washington WR John Ross

John Ross 

Wide receiver| Washington| Redshirt Junior

Height:5-foot-11 | Weight: 188 pounds

College Stats

2016: Ross finished 2016 with 17 touchdown receptions over 14 games played, the second-highest total in both Washington and Pac-12 history and third-most in FBS last season. His 81 catches ranked third-most in school history, and his 1,150 receiving yards ranked fourth-most. Ross also added a kickoff return touchdown, the fourth of his career, and a single rushing score. He earned the following honors: All-America First Team from and; All-America Second Team from the Associated Press, CBS Sports and FOX Sports; 2016 All-Pac-12 First Team; 2016 Biletnikoff Award semifinalist.

Career: Ross totaled 114 catches for 1,729 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air over 40 games played – 21 started – for the Huskies. As a return specialist, he recorded 2,069 kickoff return yards and four scores. Ross also contributed two rushing touchdowns during his career. In his first two seasons with Washington, Ross saw limited action at cornerback in addition to receiver; he totaled 18 tackles (14 solo), one pass broken up, a tackle for loss and an interception on defense.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.22 seconds*

Bench press: Did not participate

Broad jump: 11 feet, 1 inch

Vertical jump: 37 inches

3-cone drill: Did not participate

20-yard shuttle: Did not participate

60-yard shuttle: Did not participate 

*set a new combine record

View images of WR John Ross from his days at Washington.


Summary:After having a fairly quiet first two seasons at Washington and redshirting in 2015 due to an ACL injury suffered in the spring, Ross' comeback season garnered plenty of attention.

Initially building a reputation as a talented kick returner, Ross broke onto the scene with a vengeance in his third season with the Huskies. According to his draft profile, Ross is an extremely athletic player who demonstrates quick-burst speed in creating separation from defenders. He is described as a "natural ball tracker" with strong hand-eye coordination and the ability to elude tackles.'s Lance Zierlein referred to Ross as an "instant impact weapon."

"He should be able to step right in as a kick returner and a slot receiver, but teams with speed at tight end might utilize him outside to create extreme vertical stress on opposing safeties," Zierlein said. "If his knees check out as healthy, Ross is a likely first-round pick with the rare ability to become a high-volume slot receiver or a lesser-targeted, high-yield deep-ball threat."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks listed Ross as the No. 2 receiver in this year's draft class, while counterpart Mike Mayock ranked Ross as third-best of his position group.

Record setter:Ross set a new combine record in the 40-yard dash with his official time of 4.22 seconds. The record was previously set by former running back Chris Johnson, who clocked in at 4.24 in 2008. 

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