The 2019 NFL Combine will get underway this week as the nation’s top college prospects are put through a number of on-field drills, off-field interviews and medical exams in an effort to separate the haves from the have-nots.
One player who excelled during his Combine experience is Bengals WR John Ross, who set Indianapolis on fire with his 4.22 40-yard dash. His electrifying speed was a big reason why he was selected by Cincinnati with the ninth overall pick in 2017, but he’s been a massive disappointment through two seasons in the NFL.
Ross appeared in just three games as a rookie and failed to register a single catch. Last season, Ross played in 13 games and managed just 21 catches for 210 yards and seven touchdowns. Not exactly the kind of numbers expected from a home-run hitter.
NFL Draft analyst Tony Pauline tweeted on Tuesday that Ross has been placed on the trade block.
Sources tell me the Cincinnati Bengals are hoping to trade receiver John Ross and will field offers during the combine. We'll have more tonight during our podcast.
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) February 26, 2019
The NFL Combine is a breeding ground for deal-making, both in the trade market and the not-so-legal negotiations with free agents.
Is Ross worth dealing a late-round pick for? I think so. The NFL has always loved — and will always love — speed, and Ross is one of the two or three fastest players in the league. Maybe he can develop into a legitimate playmaker with a change of scenery. Maybe he’s just a big ‘ole draft bust. Regardless, he’d be a harmless acquisition for a team looking to add competition (and speed!) to its receiver group.
I’d imagine a deal for Ross gets done at some point before the NFL Draft, assuming Pauline’s report is accurate. There will be plenty of coaches banging the table for a 4.22 guy, even the production just hasn’t been there for Ross.