The 2022 NFL Draft includes prospects who are ready to make a difference right away. Here are four players who could step into huge roles immediately.
With every NFL Draft, there are players taken outside of the first round that make an immediate impact with their new team. In recent years players such as Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift, San Fransico 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel, or Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor were all players that were taken on day two that made an immediate impact in the NFL.
There is great talent available outside of the first round. While it may be a little harder to determine who’s game will translate to the next level, there are several players in this year’s class who may be able to make the jump.
Here are four day-two prospects who could make an immediate impact at the next level.
Justyn Ross, Wide Receiver Clemson
At one point Clemson’s Justyn Ross was among the best receivers in college football. He played a significant role in Clemson’s national championship win in 2018 and their appearance the following season in 2019.
Ross was prolific over his first two collegiate seasons. During his freshman year in 2018, he put on a performance every week. He finished the season with a total of 46 receptions, 1000 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. He posted an offensive grade of 91.4 according to PFF, one of the best in all of football.
His sophomore season offered a similar level of production. Ross totaled 66 receptions, 865 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Since those first two seasons, Ross has struggled to reach that sort of production again. Unfortunately, he missed the entirety of the 2020 season due to spinal surgery.
Ross returned after spinal surgery and was put into a Clemson offense that no longer had the star players that were once there.
Ross played in 10 games last season. During his time on the field, he recorded 46 receptions, 514 yards, and three touchdowns. The high-powered Clemson offense that he played a part in in the past was no longer what was on the field,
But the struggles that Ross faced during his final collegiate season shouldn’t follow him to the NFL. At 6-4 and 205 pounds, Ross has the size and weight to catch anything thrown in his vicinity. This will also allow for him to be an immediate threat in the red zone for whatever team he lands on.
Ross is also among the best route runners in this year’s class. This, paired with his speed will allow him to get open anywhere on the field.
When watching Ross, it can’t be ignored that he is talented. He has all the makings of an elite wide receiver. All that he has to do is be able to make the transition to the next level.