Bengals could look at defense with ninth pick

Former Washington wide receiver John Ross III became the first Husky selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, going to the Cincinnati Bengals with the ninth pick in the first round Thursday night.

Ross is a burner.

Despite setting an National Football League combine record with a 4.22-second 40-yard dash in early March, Ross was dogged by questions about his injury history in the buildup to the draft.

Ross missed 2015 season with a torn ACL and had to have shoulder surgery last month to fix a torn labrum.

The last time the Bengals chose a receiver with their first pick was 2011, when they took Green fourth overall.

Mike Mayock of NFL Network suggested recently that concerns about Ross' health could lead to a longer-than-expected wait to hear his name called in Philadelphia, however.

2016 was a phenomenal year for the 5-10.5, 188-pound Ross at Washington where he earned All-America First Team (,, All-America Second Team (Associated Press, CBS Sports, FOX Sports), and All-Pac-12 First Team honors, as well as being a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, handed out to the nation's best college receiver. The Bengals picked Tyler Boyd out of the University of Pittsburgh in the second round in 2016. Their offense crumbled last season after Green severely pulled a hamstring and missed six full games and most of one other. Ross told reporters that his injury rehab is on schedule, and that his shoulder should be cleared in July and in time for training camp. "I definitely got more attention". He missed most of his rookie season and struggled at right tackle a year ago.

"There are wow plays", Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

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