On Friday, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said that some teams have either dropped or removed Washington WR John Ross from their draft boards, due to concerns about his injury history.
“There are some teams that have pushed him either down their boards or off their boards because of injuries,” Mayock said. “He’s had surgery on his shoulder, he’s had surgery on both knees, and he’s got a small frame. So the durability is a big issue with him right now.”
Brad Cicala, the agent for Ross, released a statement (per Adam Schefter) in response to the concerns regarding his injury history.
“Despite recent reports, John Ross III has never sustained 2 ACL injury’s nor has he had 2 ACL surgeries. In January of 2015 he endured surgery on his right lateral meniscus and in April of 2015 he had surgery on his left ACL. Upon his return, Ross recorded 1150 yards and 16 touchdowns, and was also named the AP’s Pac-12 player of The Year. During the 2016 Stanford game (Game 5), John injured his right labrum but was able to finish the season strong. He went on to compete at the NFL Combine where he broke the 40-yard dash record by running a 4.22. Immediately after the combine, John underwent surgery on his right labrum and has been rehabbing ever since. A recent report from his doctor, Dr. Albert Gee, Division Chief from the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine from the University of Washington, states that John’s recovery is ahead of schedule and he will be fully healthy by the start of NFL camp. I have confirmed with numerous NFL teams that John’s recent medical rechecks have come back positive.”
Ross is among the 22 prospects who will be in attendance for this year’s NFL draft. He visited with the Bengals, Ravens, Browns, Titans and Eagles during the pre-draft process.
Ross is considered to be one of the top receiver prospects in this year’s draft class and has been considered to be a likely first-round pick for some time now.
During his college career, Ross totaled 114 receptions for 1,729 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns for the Huskies over the course of 40 games. He also contributed 2,069 kick return yards and four touchdowns over the course of three seasons.
We have him being selected by the Titans in the First Round of our 2017 NFL Mock Draft.