Justyn Ross went undrafted
I, too was surprised when Clemson football wide receiver Justyn Ross went undrafted in last week’s NFL draft. Not one team took a late round flyer on an obviously talented Ross.
In some ways that’s understandable as spinal fusion is nothing to play around with, especially when very large, athletic men are coming at you fast with bad intentions.
But it all worked out for Ross, many would argue better than it would have had he been drafted, because he got to choose his team and the team he chose happens to be the one with arguably the best quarterback and offense in the NFL.
That’s better than getting stuck in Carolina or with the Jets, for example.
Will they get the Ross from his freshman season when he racked up 1,000 yards and dazzled in the playoff and National Championship season? Or the Ross from 2022, that struggled with not only coming back after a season away and spinal surgery, but also a stress fracture in his left foot?
One analyst sees Ross as best UDFA Signing
At least one analyst see’s Ross as the biggest steal of the Undrafted Free Agent Signings.
"The Bleacher Report Scouting Department graded the 22-year-old at a 7.9, a score generally reserved for late-first- to second-round draft picks with a great shot at starting as rookies. He was the No. 8 wideout and No. 36 overall prospect on their final big board and their top remaining wideout going into Day 2 of the draft.No other prospect with a grade in the same stratosphere slipped out of the draft entirely."
Let’s not forget that the Chiefs are rebuilding their offense after trading star receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason and let Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson go the free agent route, leaving just Mecole Hardman as the only returning wideout of significance.
Post draft Ross said all he needed was a chance and now he’s got it.