The Pac-12 has three top ten picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. John Ross of the Washington Huskies was taken ninth by the Cincinnati Bengals. Ross had an excellent junior campaign with Washington, and figured it would be best to take his talents to the next level. That decision paid off with a top ten pick!
Ross scored 19 touchdowns last season—one rushing, one on a punt return and 17 receiving, a number which topped the Pac-12 and placed Ross behind only Carlos Henderson and Corey Davis (both 19 receiving TDs each) for the FBS lead. Ross scored on better than 20% of his receptions (81 in total). He also racked up 1,150 yards receiving, the fourth highest single-season total in Washington’s program history.
Speed was what got Ross into playing football, which goes for a lot of people. But his speed was another beast. The 40-yard dash record was thought to be so unbreakable, that Adidas offered the player who broke it their own island.
Ross didn’t get the island, but he got the record.