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John Ross Breaks 40-Yard Dash Record; Out of Cowboys’ Range?

Before this weekend I saw a few 2017 that had John Ross III, a prospect from the , going to the in the . Yesterday, Ross broke the 's 40-yard-dash record with a stunning 4.22 time. He may have also just broken the heart of any Cowboys fan who hoped he'd be there at the 28th pick.

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The Cowboys could be missing three of these five WRs in 2017.

While most are projecting that the Cowboys will address their defensive needs in the first round, WR is an area of major concern. Last year's number-two and number-four receivers, and , are unrestricted . There has yet to be any indication if Dallas is wanting to bring one or both of them back.

What's more, return specialist 's future with the Cowboys is unclear. He did not have an exemplary year either on the field or off, getting benched for one game for missing a team meeting. Lucky's recent Twitter activity has included some comments hinting that he's not thrilled with Cowboys management, either.

That leaves the Cowboys with just and under contract outside of a handful of guys. With Bryant turning 29 this year and already slowing down a little, the need to add talent and explosiveness to the group is clear.

With that said, you can see why John Ross made sense for Dallas. He has been consistently ranked as the 2nd or 3rd-best receiver in the 2017 class. We already knew that he had great athleticism before the Combine, but now he's going to go down in for it.

John Ross, Combine
WR John Ross at the

John Ross' Soaring Draft Stock

John Ross falling to the Cowboys before this weekend wasn't for certain. Whether or not they'd have even taken him over their defensive needs is unknown. Now, though, they may not even get a choice.

After Tyreek Hill's breakout season with Kansas City, John Ross is going to be favorably compared to the Chiefs' newest weapon. He is also a little bigger than Hill at 5'11” and 190 lbs., plus brings the same versatility with experience as a return man.

Clearly, Ross would make sense for Dallas. He would add a pure speed element that this hasn't seen in some time, arguably since the days of . He could also potentially handle the special teams duties, allowing Dallas to use Lucky Whitehead's roster spot elsewhere.

One factor that might help keep Ross in Dallas' range is a shoulder surgery planned for later this month. It certainly won't knock him out of the first round and may not affect his stock at all, but it could be enough to keep John on the board for Dallas' 28th-overall pick.

Unfortunately, John Ross could be the hottest name coming out of the Combine. If that heat carries through the first night of the draft, it's unlikely that Dallas will get a shot at him.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Chris Stout

I would prefer Penn state’s godwin anyway.

Jess Haynie

That’s cool. What do you prefer about him?

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