Dynasty NFL DRAFT Profile: Where does John Ross rank?

 

There has been a season-long debate as to who is the best receiver in this draft. Early on in the process, most pundits leaned towards Mike Williams, the lanky receiver from Clemson with an unreal ability to go up and get the ball. The college football season wore on, and as Western Michigan was making noise, so was their star receiver, Corey Davis. His route running ability at his size is almost unbelievable; he became the #1 receiver for many.

Now, there’s a late arriver to the party, John Ross, the speedster from Washington who some say is indeed the best receiver in the class (just ask Mel Kiper). With all this hoopla, I’m here to give you an in-depth look into Ross’s game, and to show you why he is so special. Where does he fit in the wide receiver rankings? What is his Rookie Draft value? And where should he get drafted come April 27th? Let’s answer all these questions as we dissect the former Huskies game.

Strengths:

Speed/Quickness:

If you even glanced at the daily headlines from the NFL combine, odds are you found out that John Ross broke the combine record in the 40-yard dash (4.22). So yeah, I think I’m not going out on too much of a limb in saying that he is a speedster. But there is more to football speed than just being fast. Ross uses his cheetah like velocity so well in setting up corners and then flying by them. Speed is just speed if you don’t know how to use it properly, and fortunately, he does.

As with so many receivers, speed comes with quickness, and quickness comes with speed. The rule holds true with Ross whose quickness is every bit as impressive as his straight line speed. Corner’s often look lost after getting put through the mixer by Ross’s insanely quick feet. I’m pretty confident in saying that Ross is just fine athletically.

Route running:

Route running is truly how a receiver can take full advantage of game changing speed. Ross is an unreal route runner. He can stop on a dime, change direction better than anyone, and is just so crisp through his cuts. Out of all the receivers, because of his route running and speed, Ross is the toughest one on one cover.

Weaknesses:

Hands:

Uh oh, the classic flaw that strikes fear in fantasy owners everywhere. Unfortunately, this can be a career-long trouble. Way too often Ross will get open due to his quickness but will be unable to complete the play by literally dropping the ball. He can struggle with both focus drops and just actual drops. If this weakness drops you out of the conversation of the top wide receiver, I get it, but on the bright side he gets open, so quickly it may not affect him as much as it does Mike Williams who will have to make contested catches. On the other hand.

No matter how well you run routes or how fast you can run them it doesn’t matter if you can’t hold onto the ball.

Blocking:

This isn’t necessarily a weakness, more so a question mark. In Washington’s offense, Ross just wasn’t asked to block very much. This is something to keep an eye on however as a potential weakness.

Where should John Ross rank among WR prospects?

John Ross is an exceptional talent due to his otherworldly combination of speed, quickness, and route running. I rank him at #2 in both NFL Draft wide receiver rankings, and in dynasty wide receiver rankings (behind Davis, in front of Williams). In most mocks, he’s getting taken in the 1.08-1.10 range, and I think that’s a good spot to take him. As for the actual NFL Draft, he’ll be a first-round pick, and I expect him to go anywhere from the 13-23 range.

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Bradley Ylitalo, Minneapolis MN. Bethel Football Student Coach. Scouting/Devy writer for the Dynasty Football Factory. Follow me on twitter @NFL_drafthub or find me on facebook: Bradley Ylitalo

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