Round 1 (28th overall)
John Ross- Wide Receiver- Washington
Ross is a 5’11”, 190 pound receiver that is a world class athlete. He is probably the fastest player in the entire draft. Ross tore his ACL in 2015, yet ran a clocked 4.25 40 yard dash in the spring of 2016. Ross isn’t just track speed, he knows how to use his speed and quickness to separate and break plays open.
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He catches the ball naturally and away from him body, although he is so fast that he often gets underthrown and he has to adjust back to the ball. He has spent time learning from NFL wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a fellow Long Beach, California native, how to use his athleticism to his advantage as an explosive yet undersized receiver.
He isn’t very strong but he uses his feet well enough to beat press coverage and is competitive enough to continue to get stronger. Best suited as a “Z” receiver where he can have some freedom to use his speed off the line.
Ross is a better prospect than Will Fuller was a year ago. He is undergoing shoulder surgery on his labrum after his combine and pro day workouts, a procedure that won’t stop him from being ready for training camp.
Ross is one of only three offensive players I feel the Cowboy should consider with their first round pick, because he possesses elite speed and is the game-breaking deep threat that can take the top off of defenses whenever they crowd the box to the stop the run.