John Ross’ time in Cincinnati could also be coming to an finish. Tony Pauline is reporting that the staff might look to discipline gives for the previous first spherical choose from 2017 whereas on the Mix.
Ross by no means labored in Cincinnati. He was drafted for his pace and quickness, however by no means endeared himself to the teaching workers. He didn’t file a catch in his rookie 12 months. Final 12 months, he did see 60 targets however caught solely 21 passes (although he did rating a whopping seven touchdowns on these catches). When Bengals’ QBs focused Ross, the typical yard per goal was a horrible three.5.
Nonetheless, he was drafted at ninth general due to his pace, and a few staff could also be tempted to take an opportunity. So what degree of gamble is price it?
Right here’s a listing of each large receiver drafted within the High 20 since 1978 to have fewer than 500 yards receiving within the first two years within the league mixed.
Most had been busts. Santana Moss and Haywood Jeffires would emerge from sluggish begins and turn into professional bowlers. Darrius Heyward-Bey at the least had a few seasons with greater than 600 yards receiving, and has remained within the league as a backup into his thirties. Desmond Howard grew to become a star return man. Santana Moss, from a physique fashion/pace standpoint, represents Ross’ upside.
However nonetheless, solely about 20% of those guys labored out.
For comparability, 29 of 150 large receivers drafted within the second spherical made a professional bowl, so proper about 20%. By the third spherical, that quantity turns into 11%. Now, Ross is dearer than what you’d pay a 3rd spherical choose, and you’d get his contract for a shorter time period, however I might put his worth at round late third spherical choose for a staff prepared to take an opportunity, and if you will get him for lower than that, it’s a chance price taking.