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Jacksonville Jaguars 101 Pre-Draft Analysis: South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery

April 6th, 2012 at 5:00 PM
By Michael Hall

Height: 6-3

Weight: 216

40-Time: ~4.55

Draft Stock: Anywhere from #31 overall to the New England Patriots to  the St. Louis Rams at #39 overall.

 

Overview

Before the 2011 college season started, Alshon Jeffery was considered as one of the top two prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. This was for good reason since he was a machine on a South Carolina team that won the SEC East in 2010.

However, in the 2011 season was a disaster for Jeffery. All of this started with his "fat" picture on a Sports Illustrated page. Then, his starting QB was dismissed from the team due to multiple off-the-field concerns. After all of this, he basically disappeared. Sure, you can say that he dealt with chopped liver at the QB position, but he still shoul've remained somehat productive like Michael Floyd, who was in a similar situation.

+ Great size

At 6-3, 216, he has a good frame for a wide receiver. He made a lot of plays on jump balls in college and he'll probably make his living doing that in the NFL, especially in goal line situations. 

- He plays slow

Looking at him on tape makes you think that he was playing on a field covered with molasses. He gets very little separation and when he does manage to catch a deep ball in stride, he still struggles with keeping defenders off of him on the way top te endzone, which is why he is mainly used in jump ball situations. I'm sorry, but his play just looks eerily similar to the awkwardness that was Matt Jones. I don't care what he ran at his Pro Day, he is just plain slow and at his best, he might be as good as Mike Williams in Seattle, which isn't saying much.

Career Highlight 

Had 4 catches for 148 yards against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl when paired up against Alfonso Dennard. He was also ejected from the game after fighting with Dennard in the third quarter. 

Tags: Alshon Jeffery, Football, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Michael Floyd, New England Patriots, NFL, St. Louis Rams

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