Team: Clemson Tigers
Position: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6’4″ and 205 lbs
The purpose of this series is to provide a ceiling and a floor for devy prospects. We also provide an example of a player in which the prospect could reach their level of production. This is not a player comparison in regards to style of play, but more so used for what we think the high or low end of production could be for fantasy purposes.
Ross is next in line of some highly coveted WR recruits such as Deandre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins to join forces with the Clemson Tigers. His size and speed immediately jump off the screen and as a true freshman, Ross exceeded expectations with an early break out year of 46/1,000/9. That equates to 21.7 YPC! Hopkins never had more than 17.1, and that was his elite junior season. I am not saying he will be Hopkins, as that is not fair, but he certainly has that ceiling potential. He did not statistically advance in his sophomore year, but he continued to exhibit the same elite-level traits that made him so highly touted coming out of high school. He is a big-play threat who can punish DBs after he beats them off the line-of-scrimmage. He has excellent hands and high-points the football very well. By all accounts, the kid is intelligent and pairs his athleticism with his IQ to win match ups. He has the moxie to be great, and I am drafting with confidence at this stage in his collegiate career.
Upside Projection: Andre Johnson
This may shock some of you, but Clemson has a lot of talented football players at every position. Sarcasm aside, Ross has not advanced statistically in 2019. His YPC is down significantly as is his total yards. He has hauled in more receptions and maintained a healthy TD total, but most pegged Ross to surpass his rookie season. However, when watching the tape, Ross still displayed the supreme athleticism but tended to disappear at times. Whether that is due to Lawrence having a plethora of options and Etienne being a beast or Ross just disappearing, I am still evaluating that. His floor is still very high for a young receiver, and I expect a positive trend upward in 2021.
Floor Projection: DeVante Parker
I know the DeVante Parker floor projection is off-putting, but the idea behind it is Ross may require time to develop in the NFL, as most players do. Parker is finally showing why he was a 1st round pick, and a floor of a post-hype player who may be blossoming on one of the worst teams in NFL history is not as bad as it sounds. At this point, Ross looks like a lock for a 1st round fantasy pick in 2021, and depending on his 2020 season, he could make some noise as the best WR in the class.