NFL Draft

#2
Justin Jefferson
Rec Yards TD
111 1540 18
Team: LSU TigersHeight: 6-3 Born: 1/16/1999
Position: WRWeight: 192 Hometown: Destrehan, Louisiana
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

Jefferson is an extremely savvy, reliable target, and it showed in his massive production -- 111 catches, 1,540 yards, 18 touchdowns in 2019. He was rated as the 308th-best wide receiver prospect in the nation in the 247Sports Composite rankings coming out of Destrehan (La.) High School.

Jefferson tore up the NFL Scouting Combine, showing surprising speed (4.43-second 40-yard dash) and exquisite routes and hands in positional drills.

ANALYSIS

Jefferson can work in the slot or outside and shows craftiness as a route-runner, with a variety of releases and stems to set up defenders and defeat their leverage. He's a smooth athlete with excellent body control, which stands out on both his routes and contested-catch opportunities. He shields well with his body and can snare passes away from his frame even with defenders hanging on him. Quality acceleration and quickness make Jefferson dangerous after the catch, too, as he can make guys miss and break through arm tackles.

For all his production, Jefferson isn't overly explosive, which might lead to him landing outside the first round. A surprising amount of his big plays required tough catches amid tight coverage, with the four-TD spree against Oklahoma in the CFP semifinal a great example. That he made those plays is terrific, but more separation will be helpful in the NFL. Some may view Jefferson as primarily a slot threat, although his surprisingly fast 40 time might ease those concerns.

PRO COMPARISON

Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints -- Jefferson shares a lot of similarities with the version of Thomas that came out of Ohio State in 2016: Good size and smooth athleticism with some route-running savvy and ability to catch outside the frame, but lacking top-end speed. Thomas obviously thrived quickly in the NFL, showing his speed was sufficient, but he also landed in a great spot and made major strides each season. That could be a best-case scenario for Jefferson.

Projection: 2nd Round

--Field Level Media


Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 LSU  6 1 4 4.0 0 0 0 - 0
2018 LSU  13 5 26 5.2 0 54 875 16.2 6
2019 LSU  15 0 0 - 0 111 1540 13.9 18
Career   34 6 30 5.0 0 165 2415 14.6 24

Career Returning Stats

Year Team G Punt Returns Yds Avg TDs Kick Returns Yds Avg TDs
2018 LSU  13 2 1 0.5 0 0 0 - 0
2019 LSU  15 0 0 - 0 1 1 1.0 0
Career   34 2 1 0.5 0 1 1 1.0 0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
8/31/2019 GaSo 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 87 17.4 1 44
9/7/2019 @ Tex 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 9 163 18.1 3 61
9/14/2019 NWSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 5 124 24.8 0 48
9/21/2019 @ Vandy 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 2 18 9.0 1 14
10/5/2019 UtahSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 9 155 17.2 2 39
10/12/2019 Fla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 10 123 12.3 1 36
10/19/2019 @ MissSt 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 8 89 11.1 1 19
10/26/2019 Auburn 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 60 8.6 0 21
11/9/2019 @ Ala 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 79 11.3 0 18
11/16/2019 @ Miss 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 9 112 12.4 2 48
11/23/2019 Ark 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 4 27 6.8 1 10
11/30/2019 TexA&M 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 6 55 9.2 1 15
12/7/2019 UGa 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 7 115 16.4 1 71
12/28/2019 Okla 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 14 227 16.2 4 42
1/13/2020 Clem 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 9 106 11.8 0 35
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