Justyn Ross was widely regarded as a future first-round pick after his sensational freshman season at Clemson. But after a series of injuries and questions about his long term health, Ross shockingly went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The sole benefit for Ross going undrafted was he getting to decide where he wants to sign as an undrafted rookie free agent and he decided to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
His motivation for joining the AFC West powerhouse shouldn’t surprise anyone.
When speaking to reporters Sunday, per Matt McMullen, the 22-year-old said he went with Kansas City because of the franchise’s decorated quarterback and head coach:
Ross added that he’s “ready to prove everybody wrong” and win a roster spot:
Once a budding star, Ross scored nine receiving touchdowns in his freshman campaign for the Tigers. He led the national champions with 1,000 receiving yards despite their roster also featuring future NFL players Tee Higgins, Hunter Renfrow, and Amari Rodgers.
However, a congenital spinal condition has put his NFL future in doubt.
Kansas City, which also drafted Skyy Moore in the second round, took a low-risk flier on Ross defying those health concerns. The team is on the hunt for talented receivers after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.
Perhaps Ross will earn an opportunity to help fill that void.