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Former 1st-round pick John Ross on the trade block

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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.

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.

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