Breaking: Receiver John Ross scheduled for post-combine surgery

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Draft Analyst has learned Washington receiver John Ross, stamped as a unanimous first round pick, will undergo surgery to repair an injured labrum in his shoulder soon after the combine.

The present game plan is for Ross to participate in all the drills at the combine except for the bench press.  Ross is expected to be one of the fastest receivers in Indianapolis if not one of the fastest players at the combine.

The week immediately after the combine, which leads up to Washington’s pro-day of March 11th, will be used by Ross to take part in any private workouts requested by NFL teams.

The belief is Ross initially hurt the shoulder during the teams 44-6 victory over Stanford in late September.  Ross finished that game with 4 receptions, 82 yards and 1 score, then went on to play the remainder of the regular and post season with the injury.

According to Bradley Cicala, Ross’ agent, the speedy receiver purposely pushed back surgery in order to participate in the combine.  I’ve been told Ross expects to be ready for training camp after the surgery.

The speedy receiver turned in a sensational campaign in 2016, finishing the year with 81 receptions, 1150 yards and 17 touchdowns.

His speed and big play ability are most attractive to scouts, especially in a receiver class which lacks vertical playmakers.  Ross has been compared favorably to players such as Brandin Cooks and Ted Ginn Jr.

In other injury news I’ve also learned junior running back Jeremy McNichols of Boise State is likely to have similar surgery to repair an injured labrum after the combine.

Like Ross, the present schedule includes McNichols participating in the combine.

McNichols entered the draft after a career season which included 1709 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground.  He also caught 37 passes for 474 yards and 4 more scores.

Back on December 27th we initially spoke about McNichols dealing with shoulder issues last season.