This time two years ago, the debate raged on throughout draft season. Corey Davis, John Ross or Mike Williams? The Titans had a super obvious need at receiver and it was a pretty good bet that one of these three players were going to end up as Titans, one way or another.
Jon Robinson ended up taking Corey Davis at fifth overall, a touch higher than most thought, but he got his top-rated guy first and a need out of the way.
Davis and Williams have had their moments in the league, but Ross hasn’t. The Bengals took the speedster with the ninth overall pick in 2017, but have used him sparingly since. Now, according to Ian Rapoport, Cincinnati is shopping Ross.
Two years ago, top WR prospect John Ross set fire to the Combine with his 40 time. Now, sources say the #Bengals are shopping their former first rounder. A fresh start would be welcome by both parties, sounds like.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2019
Ross appeared in just three games as a rookie, struggling just to be active on game days. In year two, Ross caught just 21 of his 58 targets for 210 yards. Oddly enough, a third of his receptions turned out to be touchdowns.
Should the Titans entertain a trade here for the Washington product? They have a clear need at the position and badly need some speed on the offensive side of the ball. Of course, the question remains — what would Cincinnati take in return for Ross? If it’s as simple as flipping a late round selection, it may be worth a look.
One thing to keep in mind here is Jon Robinson probably has a pretty good idea of what Ross brings to the table, both on and off the field. As mentioned above, it was just two short years ago when he was evaluating these players and deciding between the three.
Would Ross solve the position for the Titans? Not even close. Could he provide competitive depth and give the team a dynamic speed threat? Absolutely. Robinson would still need to add veteran pieces around Marcus Mariota. But this is an intriguing buy-low situation for a player with a truly elite trait.