Draft Profile: BioDarnell Jefferies from Newton High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 3-star grade by 247 Sports. After high school, Jefferies joined Clemson after being heavily recruited.
In 2018 as a freshman Jefferies saw action in just one game and played a total of 2 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded no tackles, no assists, while adding no stops.
As a sophomore for the Tigers in 2019 Jefferies played in 13 games and took part in 116 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded only 6 tackles, 2 assists, while adding 6 stops.
In 2020 as a junior Jefferies played in 7 games and contributed on 50 snaps. He recorded only 4 tackles, no assists while making 4 stops.
In 2021 as a senior Jefferies logged playing time in 5 games and logged a total of 25 snaps for the Tigers. He also added no tackles, one assist, and no stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 3 total pressures, which included 3 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the season.
After season's end Jefferies transferred to Minnesota where as a fifth year senior for the Golden Gophers in 2022 Jefferies played 12 games and took part in 151 snaps for the Golden Gophers. He also added only 3 tackles, one assist, and 2 stops. As a pass rusher, he tallied 5 total pressures, which included 5 QB hurries, no QB hits, and no sacks on the season.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Jefferies is strong enough in the lower body to hold up at the point of attack, and Jefferies displays a good feel as a grappler in the phone booth, consistently getting blockers off-balance before sending them to the ground.
- His motor is excellent, and he’s quick to locate the ball and make plays against the run.
- Jefferies shows impressive burst and enough quickness to occasionally threaten the edge as a pass rusher.
- Plays with leverage at the point of attack whether inside or outside. Keeps eyes in the backfield when inside; moves linemen to either side with strong hands.
- Played with good leverage, even on the nose, despite average bulk. Hustle defender with a good bull rush inside that can close and get home when quarterbacks leave the pocket.
- His spin move is already NFL-caliber, and he displays a very good motor.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- He’s a straight-line mover who doesn’t have the range to chase in pursuit.
- His pass rush moves need refinement, and Jefferies doesn’t have a lot of range in coverage.
- His spin move is a bit slow and mechanical. He’s susceptible to cut blocks, a tactic that was used on him often
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