Darnell Jefferies
Darnell Jefferies  DT  Minnesota | NFL Draft 2023 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Darnell Jefferies
Home town
Covington, GA
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Darnell Jefferies DT Minnesota | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Darnell Jefferies DT Minnesota
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #569 Position Rank: #96 (DL)
40 time: 5.09 seconds
Height: 6-2 Weight: 295
Overall Rating: 63.0 / 100
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DRAFT PROJECTION: UDFA Position rank: #96
College Games: 30 College Snaps: 231
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (80/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #149 Pos Rank: #23 State Rank: #39
College Combine Results
247 Sports Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat._247_RecruitingStarRating Stars (87.43/100 )
Ovr Rank: #560 Pos Rank: #42
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. Following high school, Jefferies opted to join Clemson.

In 2018 as a freshman Jefferies saw action in one game and played on 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 on 116 snaps for the Tigers. He recorded 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 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.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • With a powerful lower body and the ability to hold up at the point of attack as a run defender, Jefferies is remarkably instinctive.
  • 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.
  • Jefferies can set the edge in the run game with his stout build and strong core, and he has the powerful arms to shed blockers.
  • Combines excellent power with initial quickness, but one of his best attributes are his violent hands, which he uses with impressive precision.
  • Jefferies has a wide base and a low center of gravity to hold his ground, as well as the upper-body strength to shed blockers.
  • His motor is excellent, and he’s quick to locate the ball and make plays against the run.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Average athletically with average straight line speed and tight hips. Not a natural bender. Lacks secondary pass-rush moves.
  • Good strength, though his marginal arm length limits his ability to grab hold of ballcarriers as they run by.
  • Sees the ball well but is stuck on blocks when head-up; does not shed to make plays often enough.
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