Last week, WR Mohamed Sanu was profiled. This week, it’s another big receiver in South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffery.
Jeffery has looked like he’d be a top 10 pick ever since his freshman year. Measured at 6’4” 229 lbs., he’s very large even for NFL receivers. Not surprisingly, he’s very strong receiver, and does a good job with his feet to get off the line effectively. Combined with his plus quickness and acceleration, he should continue to be a nightmare after the catch in the NFL. Jeffery possesses excellent body control and good athleticism, and is fully-capable of making circus catches, as he’s shown throughout his career at South Carolina.
For someone with truly elite physical tools, there must be a reason that Jeffery, someone I didn’t see as a possibility for Houston until recently, continues to see his stock fall. Jeffery has had some well-documented issues staying in-shape this season. In addition, some concerns about his effort on the field have arisen after his stats declined this season. Though I’d be quick to blame these on some suspect QB play, this is still a red flag for scouts. Jeffery’s physical gifts should also make him an elite blocker, but he has proven inconsistent in this area. To little surprise, his biggest question may be his deep speed. His performance at the Scouting Combine should have a huge impact on where he’s drafted.
If Houston were to fail with Alshon, they would likely completely waste this pick. However, if they are able to nurture him properly, keep him focused and refine his technique, he should be a superstar receiver.