Darnell Jefferies
Darnell Jefferies  DL  Minnesota | NFL Draft 2025 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Darnell Jefferies
Height
6-2
Weight
295
College
Minnesota
Position
DL
Class
Senior
Home town
Covington, GA
41.3
Player Rating
85
PositionRank (DL)
5.09
FortyYD Time
Sacks
Fumbles Forced
Tackles
6
Sol tackles
4

Darnell Jefferies DL Minnesota | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Darnell Jefferies DL Minnesota
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

SUB-POSITION: DT 3-TECH
Last Updated: 06/29/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 5.09 seconds (26%*)
Measurables:
Height: 6-2 (22%*) Weight: 295 (65%*)
Forty: 5.09 (O) (26%*) Shuttle: 4.53 (HS) (50%*)
Vertical: 29.5 (HS) (37%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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SUB-POSITION: DT 3-TECH
Last Updated: 06/29/2024
Draft Year: 2025
40 time: 5.09 seconds (26%*)
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-2 (22%*) Weight: 295 (65%*)
Forty: 5.09 (O) (26%*) Shuttle: 4.53 (HS) (50%*)
Vertical: 29.5 (HS) (37%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 41.3 / 100
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Average rating of opposition Offense player has faced
Offense Rating:
80%
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Tackling:
60%
Pass Rush:
46%
Run Defense:
47%
DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA
Overall Rank: #501 Position rank: #85
College Games: 38 College Snaps: 344
Grade: 4 ESPN  Stars 4 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 80/100
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #149 Pos Rank: #23 State Rank: #39
College Combine Results
Grade: 247 Sports 3  Stars 247 Sports 88 Stars 247 RATING: 88/100
Ovr Rank: #560 Pos Rank: #42
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.6 (92%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Luc Bequette - California
70%
Jack Daly - Florida International
68%
Ami Finau - Maryland
64%
Draft Profile: Bio
Darnell 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

Darnell Jefferies percentiles vs other Defensive Lines (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Darnell Jefferies (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
680.5
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
108.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.