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.
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.
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.
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.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.