Is University of Washington wide receiver John Ross the kind of playmaker the Ravens should consider drafting in Round 1?
Former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly thinks so. Currently an analyst for CSN and NFL Network, Casserly has the Ravens taking Ross with the 16th pick in his most recent mock draft.
Drafting a speedster like Ross would make sense for the Ravens for several reasons. The retirement of wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. leaves a void in an offense that already lacked explosiveness. At 5-11, 190 pounds, Ross was a playmaking machine last season for the Huskies with 81 catches for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns. If you watched Ross play, you saw perhaps the fastest wide receiver in the Pac 12, and one of the fastest in the country.
Picture the Ravens’ offense with Joe Flacco throwing to three wide receivers that have elite speed – Ross, Mike Wallace, and Breshad Perriman. That kind of speed could help the Ravens’ offense become more dynamic and less methodical, which is an evolution they are trying to make.
Ross will reportedly undergo shoulder surgery after the combine, but he is expected to be ready for training camp.
If Ross runs lights out at the combine, it will only increase the buzz surrounding him entering the draft. However, Ross is likely already on the Ravens’ radar.
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