Teams looking to give their backfield a boost will have plenty of running back options to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Jermar Jefferson. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on the productive Oregon State product.
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Jermar Jefferson Draft Profile
College: Oregon State
Jefferson runs with excellent balance and has tremendous feel and tempo as a runner. His lateral agility allows him to carve out creative runs, but when he sees the crease, he plants his foot and gets moving quickly. He has a low center of gravity, and his balance leads to a lot of yards after contact. Overall, he had tremendous production despite one of the weakest supporting casts in the Pac-12, and he proved he could be effective with a full-time workload, topping 20 carries 14 times in his career.
Jefferson’s speed is good, but he will get caught from behind. The bigger question is in the passing game, where he can be effective on checkdowns but often struggles to make the catch. He might be limited as far as creativity when it comes to formations.
He has a lot of “good-not-great” in his profile, and he’s not going to be a difference-maker in the passing game, but Jefferson’s natural instincts as a runner should make him a quality rotational back with a chance to head up a committee.
Final Grade: 3rd/4th round
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