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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU WR Justin Jefferson

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU WR Justin Jefferson
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2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Career Snapshot
Two-year starter who led the SEC with 111 receptions and added 1,540 receiving yards and 18 touchdown catches as a junior in 2019. Caught 54 passes for 875 yards and six TDs as a sophomore.

Positives
Productive receiver who displayed great progress last season. Effectively works his hands to separate from defenders, runs sharp routes and comes back to the ball to make himself an available target. Extends his hands, displays solid hand-eye coordination and makes the reception away from his frame.

Keeps the play in bounds after the catch and works to pick up as much yardage as possible. Uses his frame to shield away defenders, takes a big hit and holds onto the throw. Resilient, possesses a short burst of speed and makes the difficult over-the-shoulder catch down the field. Works hard even when the action is away from him.

Negatives
Improved as a hands catcher last season but still lets the ball get inside him on occasion. Possesses a thin build and will struggle in battles on Sunday.

Analysis
Jefferson was a major threat for the LSU offense and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow. He possesses solid receiving skills and solid physical skills, but he’s by no means an elite prospect. While Jefferson may end up in the first round of the draft, I think he’s best suited as a No. 2 receiver at the next level.

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