Draft Profile: BioFollowing high school, Jefferson opted to join Purdue.
In 2021 as a freshman Jefferson saw action in 13 games and played a total of 427 snaps at safety for the Boilermakers. He recorded 40 tackles, 5 assists, while adding 17 stops. In coverage Jefferson notched up one pass breakup, one interception, and a decent QB rating when targetted of 78.8.
As a sophomore in 2022 he played in 6 games and logged 308 snaps for the Boilermakers. He made 20 tackles, 4 assists, and had 7 stops. In coverage he totaled 3 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and an impressive QB rating when targetted of 64.6.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’ll have some limitations in man coverage, but Jefferson should develop into a serviceable starter.
- He’s a willing and capable hitter in run support and closes fast to make plays against quick screens.
- Good instincts and anticipation reads and reacts with discipline. Dangerous with the ball in his hands.
- He’s physical at the line of scrimmage, showing unexpected power in his hands.
- An instinctive center fielder who flies around the field, has the tools to make up for a relative lack of size.
- Tracks the ball well and has the natural ball skills for forcing turnovers.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Jefferson gets beat over the top too often, and Jefferson tends to panic and get too handsy when running downfield.
- Isn’t great in route recognition when he’s facing the action, is hesitant and susceptible to double moves, and too often gets unnecessarily handsy when playing trail position
- Will slip off tackles and needs to finish more consistently.
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