Jefferson became the team’s top pass-catcher, with 54 grabs for 875 yards (16.2 yards per catch) and six scores in 13 games (12 starts). Jefferson not only led the national-champion Tigers in receptions in 2019, but he tied for the FBS lead with 111 (for 1,540 yards, 13.9 yards per catch) in 15 starts. He finished second in the nation to teammate Ja’Marr Chase with 18 receiving touchdowns.
Hands: 9 1/8”
Broad Jump: 126”
Good size for his slot position. Big enough hands and longer arms give him a bigger catch radius. Good athleticism with good quickness, agility and a smooth release off the LOS out of the slot with good balance getting in and out of his breaks. Good mental processing; does a nice job setting up his defenders with stutters and a variety of head/body fakes before exploding into his route after the DB has taken 1 wrong step. In short/intermediate routes, he does a good job planting his foot and getting in and out of his breaks quickly and has the mental ability to drift back towards his QB to prevent the DB from getting and chance on the ball. Very good competitive toughness; does a good job of helping his QB, stays in the play, works back to the ball, and does a good job fighting through, and making catches in traffic and isn’t afraid to go over the middle. His release up the field in traffic is good; he does a good job with his body lean, leaning into defenders before he snaps off a route and breaks towards the sideline to get good separation. Jefferson does a good job getting himself in the blind-spot of the defender before breaking off a route as well. This gives the illusion that he’s always wide open, but it’s a savvy move that he did consistently and is very savvy at the top of his routes. He possesses good change of direction as well; something that pairs nicely with his slot position and 4.43 40. Sinks the hips, uses good leg strength to stop and go with good suddenness, and has good functional strength to run through DB’s arm tackles.
Adequate ability to beat press coverage with physicality and UOH. Too many times he wins with athleticism and lacks the physicality at the LOS slot receivers need to beat press.
As somewhat of a product of LSU’s offense, they did a great job getting Jefferson open on a consistent basis week-to-week. He worked out of the slot very effectively, and Joe Brady knew how to get him the ball. But again, we see that sort of thing from slot receivers every week in the NFL. Jefferson is a polished short/intermediate route runner, and his 4.43 40 time, I believe, really helps people connect the dots with him. Had he ran a 4.5, possibly it’s something people may overlook because of the film, but to run a 4.4, that’s something special. Jefferson is a 1st round talent, with the ability to fit in many different offenses, and be a threat on every level of the field. His nuanced route running gets separation on any short, intermediate and deep route, and possesses the toughness, before and after the catch to play the position in the NFL without fear of going over the middle. Reports online say the character checks out, and for a team looking for that receiver to occupy multiple spots on the field, from inside and out, Jefferson offers the versatility with the right mental makeup to do it at the next level.