2014 NFL Draft: Central State WR Dayvon Ross A Hidden Gem

By Bonder Carthen
Dayvon Ross
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With the 2014 NFL Draft less than a week away, the anticipation for fans continues to build as they ponder the decisions of their beloved teams and the direction they’re headed in the upcoming NFL season.

As the draft grinds on and top prospects like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham get taken off the board, organizations seek to find the lesser-known talents in later rounds who can make an impact for their teams.

Central State WR Dayvon Ross is one of those talents organizations should keep their eyes on.

After hauling in 67 balls for 930 yards and eight touchdowns in his final high school season, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound receiver caught the attention of some major college programs. After committing to play ball for the UCLA Bruins, Ross was forced to seek alternative avenues when the NCAA deemed him ineligible due to missing a few required classes.

With brief stints at L.A. Southwest College and East L.A. College, Ross again caught the eyes of a major college program in the University of Virginia, only to be turned down by the NCAA when some of his online courses couldn’t transfer.

Running out of options, Ross made the tough decision to take his talents to a Division II program in Wilberforce, OH, where he played for the Central State Marauders.

After sitting out three games due to NCAA sanctions, the speedster put together an impressive senior season, catching 60 passes for 926 yards and eight touchdowns.

Although Ross settled for playing football at a smaller college program, he has the size and skills to compete at the next level. A good route runner with excellent hands and a 40 yard dash time of 4.41, the California native compares his game to current star, Michael Crabtree.

With a path that’s been paved by the likes of other players from small schools, such as Pierre Garcon, Marques Colston and Jerry Rice, Ross could easily be that next diamond in the rough.

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