As we head towards the 2020 NFL Draft, football analyst Liz Loza will deliver a snapshot of the top prospects at each position that will include their pro comparison and best fantasy fit. She wraps up the wide receivers with LSU Tiger, Justin Jefferson.
Both of his older brothers also competed for LSU Football. Jordan was the Tigers’ QB (he’s now a receivers coach at Colorado State) and Rickey played Safety.
The kid is smooth. His ability to maneuver — whether tracking the ball, varying route tempo or adjusting mid-air — is all executed with seemingly effortless precision.
While a strong Combine performance bolstered his draft stock, there are still concerns about his athletic ceiling. Despite a competitive toughness, Jefferson’s size (6-foot-1 and 202 pounds) and subsequent play strength are far from imposing.
Deployed predominantly from the slot while at LSU, Jefferson is a high-floor player who demonstrates excellent ball skills, body control, and route technique. Highly productive in college, the Louisiana native is a capable chain mover who projects to work as a solid No. 2 in the NFL.
Jefferson didn’t catch a single ball in his first year as a Tiger (2017). Just two years later, however, he led the nation with 111 grabs and posted the second-most scores with 18 receiving TDs (just behind teammate Ja’Marr Chase, who managed 20).
As much as I’d like both Philly and/or Green Bay to add a speedster to their respective rosters, both squads could use a reliable pass-catcher to bolster relatively thin receiving corps. The Eagles officially moved on from slot-man Nelson Agholor, which makes room for a player with Jefferson’s skillset. On the other hand, some notable draftniks have comped Jefferson to Davante Adams, so a next-gen situation could make sense for the Packers.
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