Ross, who was already projected as a first-round draft pick by NFLDraftScout.com, measured in at 5-foot-10 1/2 and 188 pounds, and will soon spend several months recuperating from scheduled labrum surgery on March 14.
Missing OTAs could be seen as a negative, but he would miss them anyway, because Washington is on a quarter system and final exams don’t end until June 9.
Ross also hit 11-foot-1 in the broad jump, which is tied for the fifth-best by a wide receiver since 2003. As for why he elected to participate in the combine with surgery in just 10 days, Ross said, “Because I wanted to compete. I wanted to come here and enjoy this process. Not everyone can do this. Just thankful and blessed to have this opportunity. I wanted to come out and compete versus the other guys.”
Coming back from a knee injury that cost him the 2015 season, Ross became a complete receiver and caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards with 17 touchdowns, helping the Huskies advance to the national championship semifinals against Alabama.
Deshaun Watson stole the spotlight at the combine Saturday.
While Trubisky, Mahomes and Webb flashed, the day belonged to Watson, who was easily the most consistent passer to throw at this year’s combine.
From the deep balls and gauntlet drills early (that scouts use more to evaluate receivers than the quarterbacks) to the slants, speed outs, digs, post-corners later in the workout, Watson consistently hit his receivers in stride, an impressive feat given that he had likely only thrown to two of them (former teammates Artavis Scott and Mike Williams) prior to his combine preparation.
Appropriately enough, it was Williams who was the receiver on the Watson’s final toss of the day.
The two lifted their hands in salute to each other before Williams took off, hauling in a post-corner, the final of three consecutive drop-in-the-bucket throws delivered by Watson.