Alshon Jeffery exploded last year with a breathtaking sophomore season in Columbia. He may be the most talented receiving prospect since Calvin Johnson. So much for Lane Kiffin, telling Jeffery that if chose the Gamecocks he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Class: JuniorNFL Player Comparison:
Brandon Marshall: Jeffery is already more of a deep threat than Marshall but they both possess great ability to make catches in traffic and use their bodies to box defenders out and fight for extra yards.
- Jeffery started his career as a true freshman in 2009. His breakout game came against Kentucky when he caught 7 passes for 138 yards and 3 TDs earning him SEC freshman of the week. He ended up leading the team with 46 receptions and 763 yards, which was good enough to make the Freshman All American Team and Freshman All SEC Team. In 2010 Jeffery set the college world alight with some simply sensational performances and ended the season with 88 receptions, 1,517 yards and 9 TDs. He set the single season school records for receptions and yards and had the second most receiving yards in SEC history. He was a Biletnikoff award finalist and a first-team All American. During 2010 he tormented opposing secondarys with eight 100 yard games. He had the fourth best receiving game in South Carolina history against Auburn when he caught 8 balls for 192 yards and 2 TDs. But perhaps his most impressive performance was in the Gamecock's upset win over Alabama when he torched the ‘Bama secondary including potential top 5 pick Dre Kirkpatrick for 100+ yards and 2 TDs.
Other Potential 1st Round WR's:
Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State)
- At this point in time Blackmon is really the only other receiver who could threaten knocking Jeffery off his top spot. Both are big time playmakers but come draft day I think Jeffery's size will be more coveted.
Projected Draft Status: Top 5
- Jeffery is the top WR in this class entering the 2011 season. If he comes close to emulating his 2010 season and runs anything below a 4.55 40 he is a lock for the Top 5 in the 2012 NFL Draft.
- 134 receptions, 2,280 yards and 15 TDs.
- Highlight #1: Alshon Jeffery v Alabama: Look at how he dominates the entire Alabama secondary both off the line and fighting for extra yards. The way he extends for the ball over Mark Barron's head on the TD play is superb.
- Highlight #2: General highlights showing the best of his game.
- Jeffery is big bodied, with massive hands and a huge wingspan and he uses all three to his advantage. He is down right nasty at the line of scrimmage; he beats press man with ease and can make tough catches in traffic.
- His body control is exceptional and I have seen him make some sensational one-handed catches. His greatest asset may well be his ability to track the football when it is in the air, he can pluck the ball over defenders like no other receiver in this class. He is exceptionally dangerous when competing for jump balls and excels running the fade route.
- If Jeffery produces a similar season to his 2010 campaign he could well break the SEC all time receiving yards record and if it weren't for the pesky Andrew Luck guy I would have no problems in putting Jeffery at the top of my big board.