If in 2018 you were to project the top wide receiver in the 2022 class, Justyn Ross would probably be your choice. He was a 5-star recruit and one of the most highly-touted prospects in his class, committing to Clemson during the height of the school’s reign.
But an unfortunate and serious spinal injury kept Ross out of the 2020 season, and his draft stock has obviously plummeted as a result. The issue was considered career-threatening, but he made a nice comeback in 2021 before being sidelined yet again after having surgery on a stress fracture in his foot.
The injury concerns are jarring, yes. But Ross could find himself dropping in the draft because of them, and a team with an extra pick in the late-second or early-third round will likely take a flier on him. He has been a matchup nightmare for defenders because of his size and catch radius, known for plucking the ball out of the air on 50/50 balls. He is a well-established blocker in the running game as well.
The Dolphins don’t have any extra picks in the aforementioned range that Ross might find himself drafted in. But that could change, and so could the player’s draft stock over the next five months. Miami has two fourth round picks, though it is unlikely that Ross will be falling that far. But we’ve seen crazier things, especially with extensive injury history.