Photo of D.C. Jefferson
Grade
60.2 ?
  • 3 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 6'6" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 255LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/8" Hands

Overview

Jefferson went to Rutgers as one of the top 20 quarterback prospects in the country out of Florida, but is now trying to make his way up NFL draft boards as a tight end. Though the Scarlet Knights haven’t given him a lot of opportunities to catch passes yet, it’s easy to see his potential as a contributor at the next level.



He redshirted the 2008 season at quarterback, and then made the position switch during the team’s preseason practices the following fall. Despite his lack of experience at tight end, he started 10 games as a freshman, making five catches for 108 yards. He started 11 of the 12 games he played as a sophomore, doubling his reception total to 10 while covering 166 yards and scoring one touchdown (from current Cincinnati Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu -- who was once a quarterback himself). Jefferson played in every game again in 2011, starting nine and catching 12 passes for 118 yards. In 13 games, Jefferson caught 20 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown.



Jefferson's NFL Scouting Combine experience was cut short during the bench press, during which the tight end suffered a pectoral injury.

Analysis

Strengths

Good athlete with good length. Flashes enough foot quickness to sit down in zones to present a big target, and often uses his long strides to cover a lot of ground down the seam, where his height presents a challenge to defenders. Also a willing blocker on the edge who is capable of bringing force out of his stance and attempts to sustain throughout the play.

Weaknesses

Not much production throughout his college career. Needs to prove his hands. Body control and positioning need to improve both as a blocker and receiver. Route running needs refinement. Use of leverage and hands in his blocking are not elite, and better defenders can slip off his attempts. Lacks explosion from his stance.

NFL Comparison

Martellus Bennett

Bottom Line

Jefferson redshirted at quarterback in 2008, but showed so much potential learning the tight end before the 2009 season that he started 10 games that year. He still never saw a lot of throws his way and his long-legged frame makes him a strider and costs him leverage in blocking. Still, his upside could earn him a late-round selection.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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