- HT: 6’4
- WT: 210
- HAND: N/A
- ARM: N/A
- WING: N/A
- Class: Redshirt Junior
- HS: Central High School, Phenix City Alabama
- No. 1 Rated Player in Alabama (2018 Recruiting Class)
- 15th Ranked Best Receiver in the Country (2018)
- Led Clemson to a national championship his freshmen year
Justyn Ross Scouting Report
Prior to sustaining several injuries, Justyn Ross was a projected first round draft pick. Ross was a star, going off for 153 yards and a touchdown in the 2018-2019 National Championship vs Alabama. After that stellar performance everyone had high hopes for Ross. He showcased incredible ability to win every route his freshmen year, making whoever he was up against look like a little kid. Wherever you put it, Justyn Ross would go get it. If Ross can get back on track and avoid more worrisome injuries, he will become an instant starter and game changer for any team who selects him.
Ross proved to be a reliable receiver in 2018-2020 before undergoing neck surgery that would knock him out the entire 2020 season. There were big questions revolving around Ross after missing an entire season, but he quickly proved to still be a big time threat. Ross returned in the 2021 season for 524 yards and three touchdowns, only to sustain another injury. Ross underwent foot surgery at the end of the season, forcing him to rehab and shift his focus to the NFL Draft. The question is now, can Ross return to being an elite receiver in the NFL?
Pros/Strengths: Ross is a great route runner with elite athleticism. His big frame at 6’4 allows him to compete for every ball, leaving zero doubt when the ball is coming his way. Ross contains great speed and agility, allowing him to get open consistently and find soft zones in coverage. This will allow him to become a reliable target for any QB in the NFL. Ross shows his competitiveness in every route, getting to his spot and making contested catches consistently. He can be a threat in the red-zone as well with his jump ball abilities. Likes to block and isn’t scared to come down the line of scrimmage to body up a LB.
Cons/Weaknesses: Needs to lower pad level while route running. Tends to rise up too early in route, as he is used to just sizing up DBs. Lower pad level will allow him to excel in and out of his routes quicker, making him an even bigger threat at the position. The biggest question mark around Justyn Ross is his injury history and the limited numbers he produced this past season. Ross was so used to having an elite QB in Trevor Lawrence, so will he be able to produce without an elite QB? His draft stock has fallen tremendously and it is definitely a risk taking Ross this year. NFL teams are not too sure what they will get out of Ross and if he can stay healthy.
Expect Ross to showcase his playmaking ability at the combine with great hands and body control. Ross is projected to run a 4.5 40 yard dash. Scouts will value his ability to get open easily in the open field and win jump balls more than anything. Expect Ross to get his name called in Rounds 3-5. If he can stay healthy, he will become one of the biggest steals in the draft and teams will wish they had drafted him. Ross has the potential to become a serious headache for all NFL defenses.
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