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Most mock drafts projected former Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross to be a day two or early day three prospect, but after Ross waited and waited for hours, he went undrafted, sending Twitter into a frenzy.
Similar to Andrew Booth Jr., Ross’ biggest concern heading into the draft was his injury history. He missed the entire 2020 season because of spinal surgery and battled through a foot injury in 2021 that forced him to miss three games.
It seemed like Ross’ injury history was the main reason for his fall, but even with his struggle to stay healthy, the upside for the wideout is massive.
On one of the most inconsistent offenses last season, Ross had a team-high 514 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 46 receptions. As a freshman in 2018, Ross had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns on 46 receptions. He followed that season up with a strong sophomore campaign, recording 865 yards and eight touchdowns on 66 receptions.
Damn bru 🤦🏽♂️
— Justyn Ross (@_jross8) April 30, 2022
Ross will now try to find his team as an undrafted free agent.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Ross not being drafted.
Crazy how WR Justyn Ross was once considered one of the best WRs coming out of college but the injuries are making him fall. If he can stay healthy in the NFL he’d be a great WR for any team.
— 𓃵 (@Goaty_Szn) April 30, 2022
If he goes undrafted the #Eagles should absolutely target Clemson WR Justyn Ross as a UDFA. There are medical concerns but if Eagles feel it is safe to sign him he is worth taking a chance on.
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) April 30, 2022
Justyn Ross is a perfect example of why I think it’s an odd practice to take players “off the board.”
No way his upside is not worth a shot in the 6-7th round, despite the medical concerns. NFL teams are especially scared off by atypical/congenital issues like Ross’ neck.
— J Moyer (@JMoyerFB) April 30, 2022
Justyn Ross is worthy of a draft pick. Sheesh…
— Gutey Loves WRs (@packerbackernfl) April 30, 2022
Justyn Ross is a steal!! Pull the trigger!!
— Amari Rodgers3️⃣ (@arodgers_3) April 30, 2022
Justyn Ross' health history is a completely understandable concern, but teams not taking a chance on him at this point in the draft feels insane.
Was a lock to be a first rounder at his peak before the spinal surgery.
— Austin Pendergist (@apthirteen) April 30, 2022
Justyn Ross battled a foot injury all of 2021, missed 3 games, had inconsistent QB play and still far and away led Clemson in receptions/yards. He should've come off the board long before now. If he can get back to freshman level or even close he's a 1st or 2nd round talent
— Matt Connolly (@MattOnClemson) April 30, 2022
It's just a bummer to see Justyn Ross still sitting there. Pre-surgery, the dude was an absolute monster.
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) April 30, 2022
Clemson WR Justyn Ross looks to be going un-drafted. Kinda crazy. Injury was bad, as was the QB throwing to him last year. He’s absolutely a guy you try to sign as a UDFA.
— Commanders Realm (@CommandersRealm) April 30, 2022
— Penalty Talk (@PenaltyTalk) April 30, 2022
Seeing some of the WRs going while Ross is still on board just doesn’t feel real.
— Barstool Clemson (@BarstoolClemson) April 30, 2022
Phenix City, AL native WR Justyn Ross (Clemson) somehow goes undrafted.
Has had some medical issues, but he had a 1,000 yard Freshman season (158/2,379 total), dominated the 2018 CFB playoffs, and is such a good all-around receiver.
Should be an absolute steal on the UDFA market.
— Elliot Reeder (@elliot_reeder) April 30, 2022
Such a shame for Justyn Ross and his injuries. Was incredible early in his career. Hate that stuff.
— Ryan Roberts (@RiseNDraft) April 30, 2022
Can't help but feel for Justyn Ross. Started his college career with such promise. Injuries prevented him from seeing the field in 2020. I hope he gets a chance somewhere.
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) April 30, 2022