Huskies star Ross picked ninth by Bengals

At 5-foot-10, he's among the shortest wide receivers ever drafted by Cincinnati. "I felt like I was a top-10 player, but I know there were concerns about my injuries". But his draft profile seemed to improve every week as the 2016 season began and he emerged as UW's best receiver, stacking highlight-reel touchdown after highlight-reel touchdown for a top-five team.

With the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select wide receiver John Ross out of the University of Washington. Somewhat injury-prone, Ross missed all of the 2015 season with a knee injury and has endured a torn labrum, which the wideout is now recovering from.

Ross is also the third ex-Husky selected by the Bengals in the first round, following C Blair Bush in 1978 (16th overall) and LB Joe Kelly in 1986 (11th overall). He'll likely fill a low-volume, lid-lifter role in Cincinnati across from target monsters A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Ross set an National Football League combine record by running a 4.22-second 40-yard dash, and then had surgery for a torn labrum. Ross told reporters that his injury rehab is on schedule, and that his shoulder should be cleared in July and in time for training camp.

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In three seasons for the Huskies, Ross scored 26 total touchdowns, including a school-record four kickoff-return TDs.

As part of his guaranteed four-year rookie contract, Ross is expected to make about $17.2 million in all, which should include a signing bonus of about $10.6 million.

Ross also had multiple knee injuries during his college career, but Lewis said he passed the team's rigorous pre-draft medical evaluations with no issues.

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