40-Yard Dash: 4.22 (100th percentile)
Height-adjusted Speed Score (HaSS): 115.3 (95th percentile)
Burst Score: 129.4 (86th percentile)
Best Comparable: Mike Wallace
When describing John Ross, just let the numbers do the talking. Ross’ 4.22 40-yard dash broke the all-time record of 4.24 previously held by Chris Johnson. His Height-adjusted Speed Score (HaSS) of 115.3 places him in the 95th-percentile among NFL wide receivers. Not only is Ross the fastest man in football, he is also an explosive athlete as his 129.4, 86th-percentile, Burst Score points out. If you just look at the metrics it is hard not to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with this man.
However, Ross is not just an athlete, he is also an accomplished football player. Mainly a return specialist during his true Freshman and Sophomore seasons, Ross showed his versatility by also spending time at wide receiver and cornerback. During his Sophomore season Ross scored 7 touchdowns, averaging a jaw-dropping 75 yards per touchdown play. Ross’ big play ability is shown throughout his college career by his 86th-percentile, 18 yards per reception.
Ross officially broke out during his Junior season when he secured 81 receptions, for 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns, No.5 in all of NCAA football. Ross’ impressive 34.1-percent College Dominator Rating (62nd percentile), measuring his share of team yards and touchdowns, lands him in the 62nd-percentile.
Ross’s profile does have its red flag. Mainly due to his extensive injury history. He has, on his resume, a torn ACL, MCL, meniscus in both knees, microfracture surgery, and he is heading for surgery before the NFL Draft. These injuries, which cost him all of 2015, partially explain his 19.8 (69th-percentile) Breakout Age. Ross will have to silence doubters and show he can handle the rigors of an NFL season.
There is a lot to like about Ross. He has game breaking speed and jitterbug moves in the open field which translate well to a stretch-X or stretch-Z in the NFL. Much like another speedster, Will Fuller, shot up draft boards after the NFL Scouting Combine in 2016, Ross is on the short list to be selected as the first wide receiver in April’s NFL Draft after his dominant showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ross is as an exciting wide receiver prospect as any in recent memory. Proceed with caution given his injury history, but If all systems are go, it is blast off time Mr. Fastest man in Football.