University of Washington Huskies show just one player in FanSided’s latest NFL Mock Draft, WR John Ross
The University of Washington Huskies have as many as seven player projected in the 2017 NFL Draft. They performed well at the 2017 NFL Combine. In fact, wide receiver John Ross set a speed record. They performed well at the University of Washington Pro Day.
But injuries have derailed the hopes of cornerback Sidney Jones and pass rusher Joe Mathis. There is plenty of depth at defensive positions in the 2017 NFL draft, particularly at the defensive backs. That may have somewhat devalued the projection of safety Budda Baker, cornerback Kevin King, and defensive tackle Elijah Qualls. Tight End Darrel Daniels is hitting the NFL draft in one of the deepest tight end classes in recent history.
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Despite the availability of seven outstanding University of Washington Huskies, the latest mock draft by FanSided’s Brad Weiss has the Baltimore Ravens selecting wide receiver John Ross at 16.
Mocked To Ravens
In the write up, Weiss points to the Ravens off-season moves to bolster the defense, but continues on to discuss the retirement of solid veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. All that leads to why the Ravens select Ross.
"“drafting a player like John Ross in the first round could lessen that blow. Ross broke the NFL Scouting Combine record with a 40-yard dash time of 4.22, and Joe Flacco and his big arm would like nothing more than to throw him so(me) go-routes this season.”"
In the NFL combine, Ross did in fact set an NFL Combine record with a 4.22 seconds run in the 40-yard dash. Immediately afterwards, he joined elite professional athletes by joining the ranks of Nike‘s football endorsements.
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Now mock drafts have already discounted the Achilles Tendon injury of former first round projection of cornerback Sidney Jones IV. And scouts have adopted a “wait and see” perspective to the outcome of pass rusher Joe Mathis’ 2016 injury. But both injuries have become public and are baked into current mock drafts.
Wide receiver John Ross III has scheduled surgery to fix a nagging shoulder injury after Pro day. That Injury occurred during his 2016 season with the Washington Huskies. Ross played with the injury and played very well, but surgery will clean up his shoulder in time for his rookie season in the NFL.
Since that surgery is yet-to-be, mock drafts will likely lower his projections until the results of the surgery can be fully assessed and his recovery projected.