Despite bolstering their wide receiver corps with free agents Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, the Philadelphia Eagles could still be the market for another addition at the position in this year’s draft, as they look to surround Carson Wentz with as much talent as possible for his second NFL season.
One of the Eagles’ options with the No. 14 overall pick could be former Washington speed demon John Ross, though he could be long gone by then after breaking the 40-yard dash record at the NFL combine in February.
Ross was only able to go on one official visit before undergoing shoulder surgery last month. It happened to be with the Eagles, and head Doug Pederson thinks the 22-year-old can be “a difference-maker” at the NFL level.
“Well, a guy like that, he’s dynamic, has good speed, elusive, quick, short-area quickness is the things you see on film with him and on tape,” said Pederson, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus. “He’s a guy, I think, wherever he ends up, could potentially be a difference-maker because of the speed and that elusive quickness with the ball in his hand.”
Ross’ talent on the field isn’t in question, but his ability to stay on it is. The shoulder surgery is the latest in a long line of injuries for the pass catcher. He had microfracture surgery on his right knee after the 2014 season and was sidelined for the entire 2015 campaign with a torn ACL in his left knee.
“Well … no,” said Pederson, when asked if Ross’ injury history scares him. “I think, too, with the sports science that’s evolving today and I know what we do in our building, it’s something that we monitor. We can help players, obviously. Jason Peters, he played all 16 games last year and played at a high level. So there’s ways of keeping these guys healthy.”
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