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Grading the Big 5: Week 14 grade for Washington's John Ross


Editor's note: analysts and former NFL scouts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah will grade the performances of 5 top prospects throughout the 2016 season. Click the tabs above to see their Week 14 marks for each of the players.

John Ross, WR, Washington

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Stats: 4 catches for 51 yards, TD. 2 kickoff returns for 43 yards. (vs. Colorado)

Skinny: The Huskies' WR1 has skyrocketed up the charts this season after torching Pac-12 defenses with his speed, quickness and big-play ability. Ross is an ultra-talented playmaker with speed to burn and ballerina-like body control as a route runner.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound receive didn't put up spectacular numbers in the Pac-12 Championship Game, but he did enough to let evaluators know that he remains one of the most dangerous playmakers in college football. Ross came down with an incredible one-handed snag and score that showcased his remarkable athleticism. Although scouts will remember that signature play, it is Ross' ability to win at the line of scrimmage against Colorado's talented bump-and-run corners that will really stick with them. He displays outstanding balance, body control and acceleration in running past defenders at the line, yet he also flashes enough strength to subtly push defenders off to create separation. Ross didn't deliver a big play against press due to a handful of inaccurate tosses from his quarterback, but he definitely showed evaluators he could win against top-shelf talent on the perimeter.

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