Photo of Quinton Jefferson
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 5
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 147

Combine Results

Grade
5.13 ?
  • 4.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.95 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Jefferson is a 1-gapper who rotated along Maryland's 34 front. There is some uncertainty with the future of Seattle's defensive front so this is a depth pick as well as a future investment. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 291LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

A highly regarded high school recruit from Pennsylvania, Jefferson's career got off to a shaky start. His jaw was broken during a fight back home, putting off the beginning of his workouts with teammates. He came back, though, to play in nine games as a reserve (13 tackles) as a true freshman. Finally healthy and familiar with the defensive scheme, he started all 13 games in 2013 (45 tackles, 7.5 for loss, three sacks). Looking to build upon that performance, Jefferson started three games in 2014 (eight tackles, one for loss) but suffered a torn right ACL against West Virginia. He came back with a vengeance for his redshirt junior year, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors with 12.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, interceptions, and a blocked kick. The father of three then decided it was time to move on to the next level instead of returning to Maryland for his fifth campaign with the Terps.

Analysis

Strengths

Can come off the snap with low pad level and make initial penetration with leverage into the gap. Is a different player when his motor is right. Shows some disruptive qualities when he commits to the attack. Rushes passer with head fakes and stutter steps that create uncertainty in blockers. Flashes upper body strength. Has a nifty swim move tied to a jump ­cut for his go­-to inside move. Married with children. Scouts consider him grounded.

Weaknesses

As play develops, pad level rises and allows himself to be redirected with punches under his armpit. Doesn't fire off the snap and into blockers with much juice. Rushes with a narrow base causing balance inconsistencies. Has thin ankles and below average lower body power. Lack of power in his base prevents him from fighting back against wash down blocks on the move. Suffered a torn ACL in 2014 that will have to pass medicals.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

Bottom Line

High cut 3-­technique with good upper body strength but below average lower body power to take a stand. Jefferson flashes penetration ability and some pass rushing talent, but he needs to be fitted to a 1­-gap, upfield defense and will have to make a team as a rotational lineman.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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