John Ross was on the map for any team past the 22nd slot in the draft before the combine. After his 4.22 record breaking 40-yard dash he is now a serious option for any playoff team. His original projection by me was around where the Patriots were to begin with. Now, it seems more probable than possible they could go after him. With the possibility of losing Bennett, Amendola and Floyd they will need to find someone to pick up the slack, not to mention Ross is also a major threat in the return game.
John Ross in his last year at Washington posted:
81 Rec, 1150 yards and 17 rec TD
8 Rush, 107 yards and 1 rush TD
17 Kick Returns, 411 yards and 1 return TD
He is a multi-purpose weapon and one that at the back-end of the first round could be not only a major boost, but a major steal as well. If you are wondering why with that 40-yard dash time and his stats why he is there well that's due to two things. The first of which is injury concerns as he has had both knees operated on and will have his shoulder repaired in the next few days. The second is the fact he might be too small for some teams as he came in at 5`11 188lbs. We have seen WRs his size still do well in the NFL, but with already having some serious injuries that size remains a question for a few teams.
John Ross will answer more than a few questions and needs for the Patriots and be well worth the pick.
If you put him in the slot he will be one of the most difficult players to cover in the league. He will be matched up with a safety or a nickle corner neither of which can match up with him speed wise and he is also a very talented route runner. Him and Mitchell will combine to make one of the best young-WR pairs in the league. He will also fix the return issues, I talked about the Patriots lack of a true and key returner here and Ross is the better returner and could be the best in the league.
Right now if you are trying to find a comparison for a player like him currently in the league the best one would be Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chefs. However, Ross is a much better overall WR than Hill currently is.
There is little doubt in anyone`s mind that Ross can play at the next level; it is more about how healthy can he be. He seems to actually be a pretty good fit for the Patriots as he can do the same type of things that Hogan and Amendola can do with better catching and running abilities. So they will already have a system in place ready for him to use. One thing that might go unnoticed though with such a deadly slot player is the opposing team won't be able to play the nickle or the safety on Gronk as he will be needed to match up with Ross. Creating mismatches is what this league is about.
Ross is a major mismatch for any defender in the league with his speed and abilities. If he can draw anyone away from Gronk or Edelman he has more than a few plus-sides to being on this team. He can also be used in any sort of jet-sweep, gimmick type plays, or options. Ross will step in and instantly command not only attention, but the ball several times a game.