LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson is a 2020 NFL draft prospect who could quickly rise up draft boards.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the fastest riser in the 2020 NFL Draft class and has now put himself in a real conversation to potentially be the first overall pick. Burrow has been absolutely incredible this season leading an explosive LSU offense that is arguably the best offensive unit in college football.
Burrow is undoubtedly one of the premier prospects in college football and will receive a ton of hype and attention going forward. However, he is not the only intriguing 2020 NFL draft prospect in that offense. While doing some film work on Burrow, wide receiver Justin Jefferson kept grabbing my attention. After digging deep on Jefferson, I came away impressed and like him as a 2020 NFL draft prospect to keep an eye on going forward.
Jefferson has caught 48 passes from Burrow this season, resulting in 759 yards and nine touchdowns. He is a relatively quick receiver who can create space against man coverage. However, he is more impressive as a route runner against zone coverage, showing a knack for finding space in the short and intermediate-range.
The LSU junior is listed at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds and he uses his size well when the ball is in the air. Jefferson shows good natural leaping ability and fantastic body control in the air. He has a knack for coming down with contested catches and is a real weapon for LSU in the red zone.
The 2020 NFL Draft is about to be absolutely loaded at the wide receiver position. Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb lead a ground of talented wide receivers who have massive upside at the next level. As of right now, I see up to eight wide receivers who have a legitimate chance of going in the first round. When push comes to shove, I doubt that many receivers make the cut, but this class is absolutely loaded at the position.
Jefferson is extremely unlikely to push that round one range, but he is an impressive wide receiver prospect who teams should consider making a priority on day two. If a team misses out on their first couple wide receiver targets in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jefferson would be an ideal player to bring in later. Keep an eye on this guy, Jefferson has a bright future at the next level.