Following news that UW star QB Jake Browning had to have post season surgery on his throwing shoulder, we now know that another UW star was not at full strength for much of the season.
ESPN confirmed yesterday a Draft Analyst dot com report that WR John Ross originally sustained a shoulder injury in UW’s 44-6 beat down of Stanford last September. Ross went on to play the rest of the season but is believed to have re-injured the shoulder in the Peach Bowl against Alabama.
Ross plans on competing in the NFL Combine before submitting to surgery. Per the report, Ross is planning on participating in all drills except for the bench press.
An injured labrum is expected to have minimal effect on Ross’s draft status. NFL scouts and analysts widely view Ross as a first round pick thanks to the productivity he has put on tape and to his elite speed.
The 5’11”, 190 lb receiver was UW’s most prolific receiver on a record-breaking offense in 2016. His long arms and refined route running skills give him a catch radius and an ability to get open that belies his smallish stature. He has demonstrated throughout his career an ability to play both inside and outside positions, not to mention to be an elite weapon on special teams. That he can play defensive back in a pinch certainly doesn’t hurt.
The NFL combine will be held from Feb 28 - Mar 3 in Indianapolis.