CLEMSON, S.C. — Four former Clemson players, who went undrafted in last week’s NFL Draft, will sign undrafted free agent contracts.
According to multiple reports, Clemson’s Mario Goodrich, Nolan Turner, James Skalski and Justyn Ross have all agreed with NFL teams to come to camp as undrafted free agents.
The biggest of these was Ross, a wide receiver many projected a few years back would have been a first-round pick if were eligible. But Ross fell out of this year’s draft, as teams doctors were scared to sign off on him due to a congenital fusion disorder that required him to have surgery on his spine and miss the entire 2020 season.
Ross came back and led the Tigers in receptions and yards in 2021, despite missing the last three games with a foot injury. Because he was still rehabbing from foot surgery, he did not participate at the NFL Scouting Combine and then his numbers at Clemson’s Pro Day were subpar at best.
However, most draft analyst expected him to still be drafted in the NFL’s seven-round draft this past weekend. On Monday, Ross announced he was signing an undrafted deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, to be part of their 90-man roster.
On Sunday, linebacker James Skalski announced his plans to sign with the Indianapolis Colts, while safety Nolan Turner is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and cornerback Mario Goodrich with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It was reported, Goodrich is getting a $217,000 guarantee with his deal.
Cornerback Andrew Booth, Jr. and linebacker Baylon Spector were the only two former Tigers taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. It is the fewest number of Tigers taken in a draft in 14 years and the fewest total in the Dabo Swinney era.
Booth was picked No. 42 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round, while Spector went No. 231 to the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round.