Washington Huskies speedy wide receiver John Ross did not wait on the 2017 NFL Draft board for long. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Ross with the ninth pick
Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross was rumored to be a first round pick. Still, as the draft approached, mocks began to show Ross sliding out of the first round. “Medical Concerns” was the given reason. “Unnamed NFL Sources” was usually the origination of the tete a’ tete narrative. Still, it became commonplace.
Even so, the NFL Draft has a mind of its own. On this occasion, the 4:22 speed was simply too incredible to ignore. At least, that’s how the Cincinnati Bengals saw it. And so, the Bengals used their first round pick, at nine overall, to select the Washington Huskies speedy wide receiver.
Bengals Fill Need
Wide receiver was definitely an area of some need for the Bengals, as they saw a hole in the offense for a vertical threat. In that narrative, Ross is a natural fit. Ross’s last NFL Team visit was with Cincinnati, and his response after that visit was prophetic:
"“For me to leave like the way I did, I called my agent immediately and told him how great I felt about basically that job interview. I told him don’t be surprised if the phone rings on draft day and I’ll be a Cincinnati Bengal.”"
The good vibes did not stop at Ross only, however. Many chimed in with a social media thumbs up:
In the end, the Bengals receiving corps appears to be a group of stars
Ross will have plenty of time with that receiving group to learn, train, and succeed on a very adept passing oriented offense. His presence has giving the Bengals an impact player on offense, and has dictated the Browns, Steelers and Ravens to upgrade their defensive secondaries.
That’s not bad with just one pick.