In the upcoming draft the Eagles intend to address their weaknesses, namely receiver.
Wide receiver John Ross is a name you’ll be hearing a lot in the next month or so. He’ll no doubt, be taken fairly high in the upcoming draft, and the Philadelphia Eagles have already coordinated a formal meeting. The Washington Huskies product is revered for his speed, and Saturday, he set a record with his 40 yard dash time at the NFL Combine.
By running a 4.22, he broke the record held by Chris Johnson. In college, Ross’s coaches played the speedster at corner and as a returner because of his athleticism. It’s no secret that the Eagles need to upgrade their receiving corps. Ross could be a viable prospect when Philadelphia’s on the clock with the 14th pick.
Can he catch the ball though?
Ross notched 81 receptions in 2016 for the Huskies. The receiver excelled in his final season at Washington on the outside and demonstrated soft hands. This is a huge need for the Eagles, and Ross would be a great fit. The receiver has been compared to Will Fuller and can “blow the top off of defenses”. This is something the Eagles lost with DeSean Jackson’s departure. Speed can’t be coached, and with the ability Ross possesses, an offense would be allowed to bloom. Ross would demand respect from corners. That would open up throwing lanes for him as well as other receivers.
Ross has had major injures to both knees, including a torn ACL that forced him to become a spectator in 2015. In addition, Ross is not a crisp route-runner and has been mentioned for questionable decision making on the field. Philadelphia might flinch considering what happened with Nelson Agholor in 2016.
Should the Eagles draft him?
Some might say Philly shouldn’t draft a receiver in the first round unless Mike Williams drops. There are other needs to address. Moving forward, expect the Eagles to meet with a few prospects. Just remember, they can’t draft all of them, and nor should they.