WR, Van Jefferson, Florida
In a senior bowl with receivers galore, the question isn’t will teams be interested in drafting a wide receivers early, it is which wide receivers will teams draft early. Van Jefferson was a player who was expected to see his stock rise in Mobile and fortunately for him everything has gone according to plan.
The Florida receiver stands at 6’2″, 196 pounds and is a very fluid route runner for his size. That has been on display all week even against some of the best corners in Mobile.
That release off the line created enough separation between him and the corner a biker gang could travel through it.
Jefferson’s ease with which he breaks in and out of routes has been on display and has stood out even amongst the best route runners in this senior bowl class. He also has made some nice catches, which some receivers have been having a hard time doing.
In an era where route runners are becoming the hot commodity, having the size and crisp route running ability of Jefferson could make Jefferson a special player in the NFL.
The only question now is: do the Cowboys have a realistic chance at Jefferson?
Jefferson’s college production is nothing special as he caught 49 passes for 647 yards and 7 touchdowns his final season. His senior bowl experience has been phenomenal but a multitude of other receivers like Pittman, Baylor wideout Denzel Mims, Notre Dame receiver Chase Claypool, and Ohio State slot receiver KJ Hill have put on a showing as well.
This including the fact that a number of underclassmen receivers are also for teams to choose from could mean Jefferson’s stock is lower than we think once it is all said and done. While not good for his future contract, a potential fall for Jefferson could be good news for the Cowboys as they look to find another route runner to put the finishing touches on the “Dak-Friendly offense.”