Just getting invited to the NFL Scouting Combine is usually a strong indicator that NFL teams will at least give you a look in training camp. But for one player, things haven’t worked out that way.
As of Monday, only one player who attended the NFL Scouting Combine has either been unsigned or not invited to training camp. That player is former Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross.
It’s no big secret that draft weekend went extremely poorly for the former Clemson superstar. Once projected as a top receiver, Ross went undrafted – and has since gone unsigned by everyone, even the most receiver-needy teams.
The biggest reason most analysts have attributed to Ross’ fall is his medical issues. He needed a major surgery on his spine and neck in 2020 that cost him the entire season that year.
It probably didn’t help that Ross didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine either. He got measured and did the bench press drill, but that was it.
Seeing a report that McCormick was invited to Seattle’s camp, so we may only be waiting on Ross.
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) May 2, 2022
As a true freshman in 2018, Justyn Ross played a huge role in Clemson going 15-0 and winning the national championship. He had 46 receptions fro 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns – much of which came during the 2018 College Football Playoffs itself.
After a strong sophomore season, things looked good for Ross to dominate in 2020. Then the injuries happened, and all of the surgeries that followed.
Ross returned to Clemson in 2021 to try and boost his draft stock. But he had just 46 receptions for 514 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.
The Justyn Ross story might go down as a cautionary tale for players who start their career strong.
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