How long Ross can be that fast is what interested teams have to determine.
And there is plenty of interest in the 5-foot-11 receiver who had 81 receptions for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2016. He is a projected first-round talent and reportedly visited the Titans, Redskins, Bengals, Eagles and Ravens, likely among others.
But those teams undoubtedly took a pause to balance the reality of his health history with his prodigious speed and talent.
He has three documented surgeries – both knees (2014 and ’15) and a labrum repair done after the University of Washington’s pro day in mid-March.
In addition to the ACL and meniscus repair on his left knee that caused him to miss the 2015 season, a year earlier Ross underwent the dreaded microfracture surgery that is done when there is an area of bare bone in the knee. Depending on the size of damage, this procedure signals the downward slide of a career as regrowth cartilage is never as strong as the original and longevity comes into question. Add to that his shoulder instability surgery that likely won’t have him 100 percent by training camp and teams have to do some medical analysis. Is it bad luck, is he injury prone and can his body take a NFL beating?
Despite his speed and unquestionable toughness – he played through the 2014 knee injury before having surgery after that season and also finished the ’16 season after injuring his shoulder in September – teams will have to evaluate the risk/reward scenarios over the long term.