By: Steve Johnson
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
6’1 2/8″ 202 lbs
33″ arms. 9 1/8″ hands. 78″ wingspan.
4.43 40 37 1/2″ Vert. 126″ Broad Jump. DNP Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle *Updated during combine
2017: 2 games.
2018: 13 games. 54 rec, 875 yards, 6 TDs; 5 att, 26 yards
2019: 15 games. 111 rec, 1540 yards, 18 TDs
Misc. Stats: 2 PR for 1 yard
Accolades: 2019 Second-team All-SEC, 2019 CFP National Champion
History: Three-star recruit from Destrehan, LA. Starred at Destrehan High School, where he played both sides of the ball, as well as ran track. Has two brothers play at LSU. Jordan, played Quarterback, and is now on the Colorado St coaching staff. Rickey, played secondary and is currently on the New Orleans Saints.
Strengths: Really good get off at the LOS. Utilizes very nice jab and stutter step to help create separation early. Great route runner who can really set up defenders. Not afraid to go across the middle, and is really good at finding space in zones. Great hands catcher, who shows good concentration, ball skills. Quick hands, who can pluck the ball out of the air quickly when breaking on his route. Body control is a plus, especially for his size. Tracks the ball very well. Possesses the ability to make defenders miss, with the ball in his hands. Stop and go ability is pretty good. Not a game breaker, but will pick up extra yards after the catch.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t possess elite size or speed, limited his ability to line up outside to some extent. Lacking some play strength. Although a willing blocker, isn’t going to often a ton in that category. More quick than fast, yes he ran a 4.43, so he’s not slow by any means, but I don’t know how much he can separate vertically in the NFL. Have to question at least a little bit how much he benefitted from great QB play and scheme.
Overview: Jefferson is destined for the slot in the NFL and will be a really productive player in that role. He lacks the top end speed and/or size to be truly effective player on the outside. He reminds me a little of Chris Godwin and I think he has the ability to start and contribute right away.
Evaluation based on games. UGA 19′, TEX 19′, CLEM 19′, BAMA 19′
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.81
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