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John Ross shrugs off durability concerns

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Washington wide receiver John Ross was projected to be a first-round pick throughout his final college season and his record-setting 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis didn’t do anything to lessen those expectations.

Mike Mayock of NFL Network suggested recently that concerns about Ross’ health could lead to a longer-than-expected wait to hear his name called in Philadelphia, however. Ross has dealt with several knee injuries over the course of his career and Mayock reported that teams have dropped Ross down or completely off their draft boards as a result.

During an appearance on PFT Live, Ross said that he believes such concerns are overblown.

“Well there was a lot of reports saying a lot about my knees where I had a sprained MCL, I had two torn ACLs,” Ross said. “Well all that’s kinda true. I just tore my ACL and tore my right meniscus and I played a whole season without it bothering me, without me having to sit out or come out of a game because of my knees or anything. I think the biggest thing was just my shoulder which I previously got fixed and that’s kinda what I was worried about. My knees fell great, they feel better than before I tore them so I’m not worried about that and I think with the world we live in today there’s a lot of great doctors, there’s a lot of great trainers and a lot of good technology you know. So I think it’s much different than before where I can’t get treated for something or if I’m feeling a certain way I can’t get treated for it so I’m really not worried too much about that. You know it’s football everybody is gonna get wear and tear no matter if you tore your knees before or not so I don’t think durability will be that much of an issue if I stay on top of it and take care of my body.”

Even if 31 teams have downgraded Ross, it just takes one for him to wind up as a first-round pick. We’ll know in a little more than 24 hours if that’s the case.

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8 Responses to “John Ross shrugs off durability concerns”
  1. spasticpickle says: Apr 26, 2017 2:51 PM

    BREAKING: John Ross dislocates shoulder while shrugging off durability concerns

  2. zoneread510 says: Apr 26, 2017 3:01 PM

    Reminds me of a faster Desean Jackson. Although, I don’t know how their route running skills or ball (tracking) skills compare. Jackson seemed like a good route runner coming into the league and was able to play the deep ball well. I don’t know much about Ross, other than he can run a FAST 40.

  3. toybkshr says: Apr 26, 2017 3:12 PM

    Maybe he’s shrugging injury concerns off, but the teams def are not shrugging em off.

  4. kingokra says: Apr 26, 2017 3:16 PM

    Terry Allen had a pretty good career on two reconstructed knees. Ross will go no later than early 2nd round. He has good hands and you can’t teach that kind of speed.

  5. shaggyjeff says: Apr 26, 2017 3:45 PM

    Welcome to Tampa John ! You and Desean will be awesome

  6. seahawkboymike says: Apr 26, 2017 5:55 PM

    Please let him slide to the Seahawks at #26…

  7. kamthechancellor says: Apr 26, 2017 6:39 PM

    he’ll be the steal of the draft

  8. janvanflac says: Apr 26, 2017 8:47 PM

    The thing is he’s not just fast, he’s an excellent route runner. Really the only knock on him is injury history.

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