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2020 NFL Draft Profile: Scouting LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson

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Justin Jefferson would be an excellent addition to their offense.

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One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft is LSU wide receiver, Justin Jefferson. He is a 6’1”, 202 pound wide receiver who is considered by many the next best wide receiver in this draft after the big three of Henry Ruggs, CeeDee Lamb, and Jerry Jeudy. He is ranked as the fourth-best wide receiver in the draft by NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and their 14th best player in the entire 2020 draft.

He played a total of three-season at a LSU and is coming off a career year catching passes from likely first overall pick, quarterback Joe Burrow. During his three year career, he totaled 165 receptions for 2,415 yards and 24 touchdowns. This past season, Jefferson totaled 111 receptions for 1,540 yards and a whopping 18 touchdown receptions. This breakout year is why Jefferson is considered to be a lock to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Justin Jefferson

Junior | Wide Receiver | LSU

Height: 6’1” | Weight: 202 pounds | 40-Time: 4.43 seconds

Arm Length: 33”| Hands: 9 1/8”

Vertical Jump: 37.5 inches | Broad Jump: 126.0 inches

Film Room

Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Very good route runner
  • A technician as a route runner
  • Showed surprising speed at the Combine when he ran a 4.42 40-time
  • Reliable pass catcher who has soft hands
  • Great body control
  • A fluid and smooth athlete
  • Excellent short area quickness
  • Quick off the snap
  • Creates his own separation during while running the routes because a combination of his explosiveness and route running ability
  • Can play inside or outside(maybe a better slot receiver)
  • His run-blocking is very good for a wide receiver
  • Impressive production in 2019(111 catches and 18 touchdown receptions)

Weaknesses

  • While he ran a very good 40-time, he isn’t a true burner like a Ruggs
  • Lacks the long speed
  • A one-year wonder
  • Questions about whether or not he was a product of Burrows/LSU spread offense
  • Can play outside, but might be best utilized in the slot role in the NFL
  • Isn’t the best at going up and getting the ball consistently
  • Opinion: I don’t see him ever being a WR1 for a team. Upside is a very good WR2/Compliment to a WR1

What analysts are saying about Justin Jefferson

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah on LSU wide receiver, Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson is a tall, slender wideout with off-the-charts production. He lines up in the slot and out wide. He is an outstanding route runner. He does a nice job getting on the toes of cornerbacks and then creating separation out of the break point. He does a lot of work in traffic and will extend and finish before taking hard contact. He can play above the rim down the field and can contort his body to make special catches. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he’s plenty fast enough. After the catch, he has some wiggle and will fight for extra yards. Overall, Jefferson is a polished receiver and should make an immediate impact at the next level.

The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on LSU wide receiver, Justin Jefferson.

Justin Jefferson flashed an exciting skill set in 2018 and it fully materialized as part of LSU’s historic offense in 2019. On the same page with Joe Burrow, Jefferson led the country with 111 receptions, was second in receiving touchdowns (18) and third in receiving yards (1,540). Despite his brothers Jordan and Ricky being meaningful parts of the LSU program in previous years, Justin was a modest recruit out of high school. A versatile receiver, Jefferson has the skills to win from the slot and outside with appeal at all levels of the field. His best qualities are his route running, hands and ball skills. Jefferson is likely a No. 2 or 3 option in an NFL passing game but he should be productive if paired with the right quarterback and a system that accentuates his strengths.

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlerin on LSU wide receiver, Justin Jefferson

A quarterback’s best friend, with the contested-catch focus and extreme ball skills to boost completion percentages. Jefferson failed to stand out as an outside target but saw his stock soar with a monster season from the slot. He has decent speed and separation talent, but he needs to improve as a route-runner, as he’s less likely to see the same freedom in space that LSU’s offense helped create for him. He’s slippery in space and able to stab and save throws with quick hands and fluid body adjustments. Teams looking for an inside/outside possession receiver with the size and savvy to make chain-moving catches could push Jefferson up the board.

Justin Jefferson’s RAS score

Does Justin Jefferson make sense for the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft?

I think he would fit in well in Pat Shurmur’s offense, but 15th overall might be a tad rich for him.

The Broncos are expected to have a more spread offense in 2020 under Pat Shurmur and this is sort of offense that Jefferson just caught 111 balls for 18 touchdowns for LSU. So it would make sense to plug him in your offense and expect instant results from him.

I think he CAN play outside and make plays out there, but I think he’ll be a weapon in the slot. He has very good short area quickness, is an excellent route runner who has reliable hands. Everything you want from a slot receiver. His lack of long speed would limit him some on the outside too, but again, he can play out there just fine. I just believe he’ll be very good in the slot.

Now, do I think the Broncos would actually take him in the first-round, specifically at 15th overall in the first-round? I do not. I still believe one of the top three wide receivers will be there at 15 and it appears that they are looking for a deep threat who can stretch the field for quarterback Drew Lock. That isn’t Jefferson’s game and expecting that from him will leave you disappointed.

While I think he would be a very good fit and pick for the Broncos, I am not sure that this is an area they are leaning. I am expecting a true speedster/deep threat being drafted. Now, they could go Jefferson at 15 and select another speedster later, so that scenario is in play as well.

I really like Jefferson’s game and I think he would be an excellent fit at the slot position in Pat Shurmur’s offense. In the past, he has used the quick passing game and if he does that again in 2020 with the Broncos, a player like Jefferson would make a ton of sense. So we shall see what they’re thinking once the draft begins.

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