Justyn Ross is one of several wide receivers in the 2022 NFL Draft whose medical history will receive plenty of attention. Immensely talented with appealing size, Ross missed all of 2020 because of a neck issue that could have ended his career and saw his '21 campaign end early due to a foot injury. His production also wasn't the same when Trevor Lawrence wasn't his quarterback, so that's another question mark teams will have to consider with Ross.
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Justyn Ross Draft Profile
A strong, big-bodied receiver, Ross plays to his size but also brings some suddenness in his routes and has excellent body control for a big receiver. He’s outstanding when it comes to stemming his routes before sinking his hips, getting in and out of breaks with much more sharpness than you’d expect from a receiver this size. He’s a maestro on the sideline, with great awareness, focus and body control when toe-tapping at the boundary. His long arms and flexibility allow him to adjust to the off-target throw and make the play, giving him an enormous catch radius. He’s also competitive after the catch on in-breaking routes, with the ability to pile up YACs.
Medicals are a huge question mark. A congenital spinal issue in his neck cost him all of the 2020 season and threatened his career, and foot surgery cut his ’21 season short. Aside from that, his play speed is good but not great, and a lot of his catches are of the contested variety. Statistically, he benefited from playing with Trevor Lawrence early in his career.
If Ross had a clean bill of health, he’d be a likely first-round pick as a physical X-receiver. But between medicals and uneven production last season, he’s a risk/reward prospect.
Final Grade: 2nd Round