Expectations heightened when John Ross ran an NFL-record 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. His blazing speed ignited his draft stock and helped persuaded the Cincinnati Bengals to draft him with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In his first season in the NFL, the record-setting speed was nonexistent. The Washington product had a forgettable rookie campaign. Ross appeared in just three games, caught no passes and finished the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The former Huskies wideout is motivated to rebound from a frustrating first year in the NFL. He’s chalking up last year as a learning experience.
“Last year I let everything get to me,” Ross said, via the Bengals’ official website. “I let my injury get to me. I was trying to do more than I could. I was out of shape. I’m not trying to make excuses, but it’s real life things. You can’t just come in the NFL and be that guy. You have to come in and prepare. I’ve learned that. It’s growth and progression from here on.”
The Bengals invested a lot in Ross. A goose egg in catches doesn’t cut it. Ross knows that and he’s got the right mindset to improve. That’s step one.