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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Jordan Jefferson

by J.T. Toth


Photo courtesy of Nola.com.


At Draft 412, the NFL draft talk never ends. We will keep you ready for the next set of gridiron stars—from today and all the way until draft night 2024. We will bring you mock drafts, player profiles, individual team needs, and everything else you may need related to the 2024 NFL Draft.


Today’s Spotlight - LSU, Defensive Tackle, Jordan Jefferson

Name - Jordan Jefferson

Pos - DT

Team - LSU

HT/WT - 6’4” 317 lbs.

Born- n/a

Home - Navarre, FL


Jordan Jefferson was a standout defensive lineman at Navarre High School in Florida. He played in 13 games as a senior and finished with 60 tackles, including 42 solo stops, 5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. His performance helped Navarre to an 11-2 record and a trip to the championship game. He was named the 2018 Pensacola News Journal All-Area First Team Defensive Line. The 3-star prospect committed to West Virginia University to play football for the Mountaineers.


During his true freshman year, Jefferson played in 11 games with 1 start. He was mostly used on special teams and only finished with 5 tackles and 1 pass breakup. During the Covid-19 shortened season of 2020, he played in 6 games, mostly on special teams again.


Jefferson had a big camp in 2021 and worked himself into steady playing time on the West Virginia defensive line. He appeared in 13 games with 4 starts, recording 17 tackles and 0.5 sacks. 2022 was his breakout season for the Mountaineers. He started all 12 games at nose tackle and collected 31 tackles. He also was able to be a disruption up the middle for West Virginia and recorded his first 3 sacks of his career. After the season, Jefferson decided to enter the transfer portal and he eventually committed to play football at LSU.


He set a career high in tackles during his only season at LSU with 36. He also tallied 2.5 sacks in his 13 starts and solidified himself as a legit draft prospect. He announced he was entering the NFL Draft in December. 


Jordan Jefferson is a large defensive tackle, who plays with a non-stop motor. He establishes a sturdy, wide base and has excellent balance when chasing the ball carrier. He made Bruce Feldman’s Freak List ranked at #71 due to his ability to squat 695 lbs., or the fact he power cleaned 395 lbs. He also has a recorded vertical jump of 34 ½ inches and clocking a 4.52 in his pro agility time. 


Jefferson is a powerful athlete who moves like a much smaller player. He disengages effectively and uses his hands well to shed blocks and move on to pursue the runner. He has enough of a burst off the snap to be a handful slanting and/or stunting up the inside gaps but is a strong enough player to be able to anchor down against a double team. 


However, he does not offer a mix of moves yet to help his pass rushing skills, attacking straightforwardly and at this point, lacks a spin move or any other creative tools to beat the linemen. He can be fooled at times with misdirections and he leaves his gap to chase the fake. With his non-stop motor, he can play out of control and he tends to lose his vision and is very vulnerable to chop blocks. His pursuit angles are not always the best and he has a habit of playing with his head down while engaging with blockers. He relies too much on his strength and size and he will need to develop better technique and mechanics to succeed at the NFL level. He is most likely going to be a 2 down defensive lineman for most teams. 


A good pro comparison to Jordan Jefferson may be Bobby Brown III. Brown was a 4th pick by the LA Rams in 2021 out of Texas A&M and was known in college for being a strong, stout defensive tackle who did not add much when it came to putting pressure on the quarterback. 


Strengths


  • Athletic

  • Strength

  • Non-stop motor

  • Burst


Weaknesses


  • Lack of pass rushing moves

  • Mechanics/technique

  • Relies on strength

  • Misdirections


Final Analysis


Jordan Jefferson is one of the strongest players in this draft. He will have to improve his techniques and his mechanics to fully get the most out of his power. He could be that combine king who does something special with his speed or his lifting ability. Right now, Draft Nation projects him in the later rounds.


Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 5th round or 6th round

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