The Cincinnati Bengals have selected wide receiver John Ross out of the Washington Huskies in Round 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Ross comes to the Bengals while currently recovering from shoulder surgery after suffering a torn labrum. It’s his second major injury as he missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, after suffering that injury during a spring practice with the Huskies.
In reaction to the pick, Ross Tweeted out a picture of himself from the NFL Draft, where he was present for the selection.
Blessings! God is undefeated! Thankful. Time to work! pic.twitter.com/Q7UL02z2wj— John Ross III (@WatchJRoss) April 28, 2017
Ross also Tweeted in response to A.J. Green who welcomed him to Cincinnati.
Blessings! Lets gooo!! Appreciate you! https://t.co/CA1Wz5EaMj— John Ross III (@WatchJRoss) April 28, 2017
Want to print his first training card? Here it is:
You guys like speed, #WhoDey? I'm ready to work, @Bengals. Like my first @NFL trading card? #PaniniInstant #NFLDraft https://t.co/ZLhTilWiJc pic.twitter.com/Mfc8vhW5h8— John Ross III (@WatchJRoss) April 28, 2017
"My head almost came off my shoulders. I was very excited. I definitely expected (it),” Ross told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Me believing in myself I expected to go in the top 10. I felt like I have top 10 talent. I think the only thing I felt like was holding me back was the speculations about my injuries."
Ross also reportedly said he’s “right on schedule,” will be ready for training camp and should be cleared in July from his shoulder injury.
Ross sounds like he’s ready to do what it takes to make an impact and join Green, Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell, Cody Core, Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill on the Bengals’ offense.