Justin Jefferson may not be on the same level from a physical standpoint as some of his peers in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but he's still one of the top wide receivers in this group because he knows how to play the position. Look no further than the postseason he put together when he recorded 30 catches for 448 yards and five touchdowns in LSU's wins over Georgia (SEC Championship Game), Oklahoma (College Football Playoff Semifinal), and Clemson (national championship).
Justin Jefferson Draft Profile
A tough receiver and savvy route runner, Jefferson played a big part in Joe Burrow’s breakout year. He has a great feel for the game as an improvisational jazz-type of route runner who still consistently gets his routes run on time. He has good length and moves with some suddenness. He has a great feel for leveraging defenders and creating separation. He’s outstanding working against zone coverage as well, where he consistently sits in the soft spot for his quarterback. His ball skills are excellent, and he showed the ability to consistently make the adjustment and pluck the difficult catch.
His physical traits won’t blow anyone away. He has some good quickness for his size, but he lacks the top-end speed to take the top off a defense. He spent a lot of time in the slot and rarely had to work against press coverage. He’s probably not a major run-after-catch threat at the NFL level.
There’s a little bit of Robert Woods here. Jefferson is more of a complementary player than a true No. 1, but he brings a great feel for the position and would produce consistently.
Final Grade: 2nd round