3. NY Jets target: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
Justyn Ross was a star receiver for Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama. He was highly recruited and was an Alabama Mr. Football finalist. As a senior, he caught 37 passes for 730 yards along with 13 touchdowns before choosing to attend Clemson to begin his college career.
Ross performed at a very high level for his first two years at Clemson. As a true freshman, he led the Tigers in receiving yards even though he never started a game. He caught 46 passes for 1,000 yards and was an integral part of the 2019 National Championship team that defeated Alabama.
In his sophomore season, Ross was an Honorable Mention All-ACC selection and hauled in 66 passes for 865 yards along with eight touchdowns. Overall, in his first two seasons, he accumulated 1,865 receiving yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
Surgery for a congenital fusion condition of his neck and spine sidelined Ross for the entire 2020 season, but he came back strong in 2021 and had 47 receptions for 524 yards.
He also earned the 2021 Brian Piccolo Award as the most courageous player in the ACC upon his return from injury. Unfortunately, Ross suffered another setback and had surgery in November due to a stress fracture in his foot.
Ross is a versatile receiver who can play both in the slot and outside. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, he has the ideal size and an expansive catch radius to make the tough receptions in traffic. Ross has star potential and, if not for his previous injuries, he might have been a first-round draft selection.
It is not yet clear if Ross can return to his old form but he may be well worth the risk of selecting if he is still available in the mid to late rounds of the draft.
Justyn Ross could turn out to be this year's offensive version of Bryce Hall. A player with first-round potential who drops to a later round due to injury.