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Thread: With the 9th Pick, the Bengals select: WR John Ross, Washington

  1. #21
    I remember this article, posted it a couple days ago.

    Seems John Ross and Marvin formed a Marvin/Burfict like bond.

    Cincy Jungle‏ @CincyJungle 42s42 seconds agoMore

    Coming into tonight John Ross had already stated he wanted to be playing for the #Bengals and Marvin Lewis

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    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 30s30 seconds ago

    Urban, WRs coach: there is a legit comparison to DeSean Jackson

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 4m4 minutes ago
    Marv: one of things that impressed him was watching Ross playing corner early in his career

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 5m5 minutes ago
    Marv says Ross should be ready around start of season after shoulder surgery

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 6m6 minutes ago
    Marv says Ross candidate to return kicks

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 7m7 minutes ago
    Marv says they got no calls on clock. Once QB taken at 2 created different dynamic

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 8m8 minutes ago
    Marvin Lewis: when you play against him you feel his speed

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 9m9 minutes ago
    Only 2 drafted WRs have been under 6-0

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 10m10 minutes ago
    Ross just third WR under Lewis to be less than 6 feet

    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 15m15 minutes ago
    Ross third wr to go in top ten joining green and Warrick

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    Geoff Hobson‏ @GeoffHobsonCin 2m2 minutes agoMore

    OC Zampese: a technician when it comes to routes. No wasted motion

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    John Ross may be somewhat of a surprise pick at No. 9 overall, but the University of Washington receiver fills an immediate need for over-the-top speed across from A.J. Green. It was an element to the Bengals offense that was sorely lacking in 2016, and Ross brings that ability. He doesn’t fit the physical profile of most recent Bengals draft picks in terms of his size, but his deep ball ability, his route-running and surprising effectiveness in the red zone make him an attractive target.
    There are medical concerns with Ross, who suffered multiple knee injuries and a shoulder injury while in college, though he recovered from all of them and played through the shoulder (labrum) before getting it fixed after the college season.
    Aside from durability, big question now is where he fits in with the recently re-signed Brandon LaFell. It seems that 2016 second-round pick Tyler Boyd has found his niche in the slot and as one of Andy Dalton’s top third down targets, so will the Bengals use four wide receiver sets more often, work Ross in slowly or in specialty packages, or have LaFell be the primary backup across several positions?
    Height: 5-10
    Weight: 188
    40-yard dash: 4.22
    Vertical: 37 inches
    Percentage of the time he took a reception to the end zone in 2016 (17 touchdowns on 81 receptions)

    • Second team All-American
    • First team All-Pac 12
    • 81 catches
    • 1,150 yards
    • 17 touchdowns (tied for second in the country)
    • 17 kick returns for 411 yards and a TD.

    With Green on one side and Boyd having proven himself in the slot, it makes sense that Ross would begin his Bengals career on the outside in order to have opposing defensive coordinators make a decision with where to roll their safety help. Ross could also challenge Alex Erickson on kick returns, and can line up in the slot in four-wide situations if LaFell is deployed as well.
    NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock:
    “If you take the medical away from John Ross, he's going to make plays for you immediately, both in the kick game and the pass game. I don't think there is any doubt about that.”
    CBS draft analyst Dane Brugler:
    “Ross is an elite athlete and shows impressive polish for a player who switched between offense and defense his first two seasons and then missed all of the 2015 campaign due to knee injuries – his experience on defense helped advance his development reading coverages and understanding route depth as a receiver. He lined up all over the formation for the Huskies in 2016 and was a nightmare for defensive backs due to his vertical speed, sudden footwork and ability to manipulate coverages as a route technician. Ross doesn’t have ideal thickness on his frame and will struggle at times against physical press corners, but his combination of athleticism, tempo and ball skills makes him a home run threat as a receiver, ballcarrier and kick returner – one of the top-20 talents in the 2017 draft class, but his medical information will determine whether he is drafted that high.” draft analyst Lance Zierlein:
    “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. 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.”

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    Jay MorrisonVerified account @JayMorrisonCMG 35s35 seconds agoMore

    Ross talking about his relationship with DeSean Jackson at the Combine: #Bengals

  8. #28
    interesting connection. Ross is close with DeSean Jackson. Marvin Lewis is close with DeSean Jackson's grandma. I remember many thinking that connection would lead to the Bengals drafting Jackson at the time.

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by Bengals1181 View Post
    I remember this article, posted it a couple days ago.

    Seems John Ross and Marvin formed a Marvin/Burfict like bond.

    Cincy Jungle‏ @CincyJungle 42s42 seconds agoMore

    Coming into tonight John Ross had already stated he wanted to be playing for the #Bengals and Marvin Lewis
    OK, Last straw. Sold.

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