The No. 9 Pick
Fans waited faithfully for that time. They waited to hear, “The Cincinnati Bengals are on the clock.” But, the scenario wasn’t what was expected. When four of the projected picks were gobbled up, it was time to react. Leonard Fournette was suddenly with the Jaguars. Corey Davis was snagged by Tennessee. That’s when the familiar name of John Ross was heard throughout Bengals Nation.
Ross blew out stopwatches at the NFL Combine, with his blazing time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash. That same man is now wearing the Orange and Black. What’s so special about that? Ross is a lock to start on the opposite side of the field with A.J. Green. If your game is speed and more speed, then this is the combination for you.
With the addition of Ross, the Bengals’ “toast the cornerback” ratio just went off the charts. Even if he gets double coverage, Green will be roaming down the other sideline or running a post wide open. From now on, blown coverages could end with an easy TD. Lewis has to feel something special about Ross. He’s the first receiver the Bengals have taken in the first round since (you guessed it) Green.
"“We’re really excited to be able to pick John Ross. Obviously, his abilities, the dynamic of his speed, the play-making ability that he showed over his career there at Washington, (also) playing on defense – playing cornerback and making tackles… so, he has shown his toughness all the way through.”"
Yeah. He’ll be just fine in the AFC North.