If Al Davis was still alive you know he’d be thinking about how he could fit University of Washington’s John Ross on the Raider’s roster. The wide receiver ran the 40 yard dash only one time due to a leg cramp and still broke Chris Johnson’s record that has stood since 2008 when he entered the league. Ross ran a 4.22 breaking Johnson’s record of a 4.24. You can watch it here:
Ross was wearing Nike shoes so he is not eligible for the island that adidas offered for anyone breaking Johnson’s record, but his endorsement deals may allow him to buy one on his own.
Johnson was obviously watching.
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) March 4, 2017
Ross’ explanation about why he didn’t wear adidas is pretty funny:
John Ross, on why he didn't run in adidas to win the private island: "I can't swim that well. And I don't own a boat."— STACK (@STACKMedia) March 4, 2017
Not only was Ross impressive in the 40 yard dash, his 11’1 broad jump puts him in a three way tie for the seventh longest jump by wide receivers since 2003.
Ross had a very impressive 2016 season with the Huskies. He was the top wide receiver out of all Power-5 conferences recording 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns which was after sitting the 2015 season out with a torn ACL.
Ross has been so successful that he has already caught the attention of DeSean Jackson. Ross and Jackson both have a similar build, Ross 5’10, 188 lbs., Jackson 5’10, 175 lbs. Jackson cold-called Ross in 2016 and easily enticed the young wide receiver to work out with him.
Another randomly interesting note is that Ross played on Snoop Dogg’s team in a youth football league. Snoop recently discussed Ross’ talent, and how he first spotted him and got him on his team.
All in all it look like Ross has cemented his place in the first round of the 2017 draft but it sounds like it won’t change his personality. Bush Hamdan, his former position coach at UW told MMQB:
It’s funny, John Ross lives in this world with flashy guys and big names. But really, he’s just this sweet, gentle kid. I’m going to miss him like hell as a player. But I’ll miss him three times as much as a person.