Clemson’s Justyn Ross headlines another talented wide receiver draft class in 2022.
When it comes to prolific players, the label sometimes becomes watered down due to overuse. However, when it comes to Clemson’s wide receiver Justyn Ross, the label may be an understatement. The NFL draft has seen consecutive talented wide receiver classes, and Ross spearheads 2022’s. The Clemson Tiger possesses a unique physical frame standing at 6’4″ and weighing approximately 205 pounds. For opposing defensive backs, it is a matchup that does not bode well for them.
What are his strengths?
Ironically, the forte of Justyn Ross’ play-style is exactly that – his strength. As you can see below, Ross’ thick frame allows him to endure and thrive through contact.
JUSTYN ROSS IS A GROWN MAN pic.twitter.com/658c9uspno
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 8, 2019
In addition to his elite play strength, the Clemson Tiger’s catch radius is top tier, in part to his long arms and firm hands.
Justyn Ross is a freak show. What a damn catch. pic.twitter.com/0JSoXdlg3y
— Bobby Football (@Rob__Paul) October 19, 2019
Without a shadow of a doubt, he is a quarterback’s best friend as he and former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence connected for 17 touchdowns in just two seasons. The wideout also excels as a route runner and should have no problem transitioning in that aspect at the NFL level.
The red flag and what to expect from him in 2021.
As you can see, Ross is the full package in what most NFL organizations desire in a prospect. While his on-field production is astounding, his injury history does raise concern. In 2020, the Clemson Tigers endured a routine ‘stinger’ in a spring practice session. However, as someone who was born with a congenital fusion, the injury became much more serious. Ultimately, it led to him receiving surgery that made him miss the entirety of his junior season in 2020. Now that 2021 is upon us, it appears that he is ready to make a comeback. Look for him to establish himself with a new quarterback and have the best year of his collegiate career. If not for medical reasons, he would certainly be a bonafide top 15 selection in the 22′ NFL draft. Expect for him to ensure scouts and NFL organizations that his talent overpowers his health history.