If there’s somebody who can potentially help the Seattle Seahawks’ receiving corps, it’s none other than unheralded former Central State Marauders wide receiver Dayvon Ross.
Although Ross declared for the 2014 NFL draft, he wasn’t selected. However, GoForThe2.com’s Joseph Lisi reported on Sept. 15 that Ross was given a second lease on life after the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks invited him to their mini-camp in June.
The same update goes into more intricate detail on how the 6’1″, 220-lb. Ross (who Lisi says “ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day along with a 36.5” vertical jump) fared during Seattle’s mini-camp:
“While participating in workouts, Ross was injured and did not make the team. However, Dayvon has worked hard in rehabilitating from his injury and was recently cleared to practice at full strength. The Seahawks witnessed his upside potential and have extended a practice squad squad tryout this past week and Ross looks to solidify a roster spot this month.
“If signed, Ross can be an added compliment to the Seattle wide receiver group and provide added depth to the Super Bowl Champions. Ross could learn from veterans Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.”
In spite of this, Ross has plenty of upside.
In a Dec. 2013 interiew with NewEraScouting.com’s Scott Porter, Ross enumerates his strengths at the wide receiver position:
“I feel my greatest strengths are my ability to catch the ball in traffic. I am good at making that touch catch with defenders on me. I go up and get the ball at its highest point. I make a lot of plays in traffic.
“I feel like I am ready to go up against the top players in the game. I have good size, speed and strength. I am a good route runner and I run after the catch really well. I feel my game translates well to the NFL level once I get there, I can prove myself to the NFL.”
Ross also cites his past experience in the college ranks as one of the top receivers in the nation. He told Porter he feels he’s right up there with the likes of Robert Woods, Marquise Lee and Sammy Watkins:
“Well, I started my career at UCLA and then ended up going the smaller school route. I feel like a lot of people don’t realize the talent I had coming out because I didn’t play four years at a D1 school. I was in the same conference as Robert Woods who now plays for the Buffalo Bills and Marquise Lee who will be one of the first WR’s taken this season. I lead the conference in receiving yards over those two players who are great in themselves.
“I went to the Powerade Nike Football Camp with Sammy Watkins and outperformed him. I strongly believe I am the most talented WR in this year’s draft. I am looking forward to proving that once I get to the NFL. People are sleeping on me and I am about to wake them up.”
The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta and Jayson Jenks reported on Oct. 17 that the Seahawks dealt Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick. A source told Condotta and Jenks that Harvin “just wasn’t a fit” and that the team was “just ready to move on” without him.
Harvin also allegedly got into altercations with then-teammates and fellow wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin during the months leading up to his trade to the Jets, per multiple sources who confided to The Seattle Times. Tate, who is now playing for the Detroit Lions, reportedly had a black eye after a fight with Harvin just days before Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. As for Baldwin, he got into it with Harvin during the week before their final preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in August. Baldwin got “a cut on his chin” as a result, per Condotta and Jenks.
Without Harvin in tow, ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount says the team will rely on younger wide receivers to pick up the slack. Among these are second-round pick Paul Richardson, fourth-rounder Kevin Norwood and third-year player Ricardo Lockette.
As for Ross, NFL Draft Diamonds tweeted on Oct. 20 that he will work out with the Seahawks that same week.
We are also hearing that former UCLA/ Central State WR Dayvon Ross will work out with the #Seahawks on Thursday.
— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) October 21, 2014
Powerade’s John Carr confirmed to Sport Balla on Oct. 25 that Ross made the Seahawks’ practice squad. Carr obtained the information from a member of Seattle’s player personnel department.
Ross has made huge strides to make his dream of playing in the NFL a reality. He has lived up to what he told The Los Angeles Wave’s Ron Guild in March. Ross quipped, “My message is to never give up on a dream. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. I’m living proof.”
Dayvon Ross hauling in touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks — nothing could be sweeter than that.
One day, he should see his goal become a reality.