Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross had a promising career at Clemson, but injuries prevented him from being selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Every year, we see the unfortunate reality of injuries causing major slides in the draft. The 2022 NFL Draft was no different, as plenty of players experienced said slide. Nakobe Dean fell all the way to the third round. Kingsley Enagbare went in the fifth round. There was talk about an Evan Neal fall before the draft got underway.
One of the more unfortunate ones was Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross, who saw himself not get drafted at all in the 2022 NFL Draft. Hopefully, he can be signed somewhere in undrafted free agency.
Ross dominated early in his career at Clemson, and he posted a 1,000 yard season as a freshman alongside Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers in a loaded room. His catch radius, size, explosiveness, and hip sink ability were all on display.
Unfortunately, Ross suffered a neck injury that required spinal cord surgery, leaving him out of football for a while. When he finally got to return in 2021, he had issues with his foot all season long. Still, he ended up posting an alright season, crossing the 500-yard mark.
He was healthy enough in the 2022 NFL Draft process to do the testing, but the results weren’t good. He ended up in the lower third all time with his testing numbers, something that further plummeted his stock.
However, Ross should get picked up. He understands the wide receiver position extremely well. He attacks leverage well, understands where he needs to create space, and can move defenders to create space for himself. His hands are still good, and he expands the strike zone for quarterbacks. He might not hit the ceiling he once was projected to have, but he could easily work into a role for a team in the NFL. Take the chance, and sign him.