After months of guessing and debating who the Bengals should take in Round 1, the team finally made the call to select Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross with the No. 9 pick.
The speedy Ross becomes the second top-10 receiver Cincinnati has taken since 2011, the other being A.J. Green out of Georgia in that ‘11 draft. That turned out pretty well, and the Bengals are hoping Ross is the missing piece in this offense, which struggled to reach the end zone last year, even when Green was healthy.
Ross was someone who started getting mocked to the Bengals after his record-breaking 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine. His 4.22 time broke Chris Johnson’s previous combine record, and it put Ross firmly in the top-10 discussion after a great college career at Washington.
The Bengals now have one of the most dynamic passing attacks in the NFL with Ross joining A.J. Green, an All-Pro-caliber receiver, and Tyler Eifert, a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end. That kind of pass-catching trio will put fear into the eyes of any NFL secondary, and it will make this offense a must-watch unit in 2017.
Still, taking Ross in the top 10 is a very risky move, being that he’s already torn his ACL and meniscus in college. He’s also coming off shoulder surgery that could sideline him into training camp, making him one of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in this draft.
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