Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Verdict, Jan 17, 2013.
This is spot on analysis. Couldnt agree more.
He played 2 years for Brent Venables before Mike Stoops got back to Oklahoma. He was essentially a linebacker versus spread teams and even played the Demarcus Ware position in a 50 defense but rarely blitzed in 2011. He has great instincts, but is a step slower than Vacarro.
He was committed to Harbaugh and Stanford for a while, then UCLA and finally decided to go with his San Diego friends Kenny Stills and Brennan Clay to Oklahoma sometime in December. He was an early enrollee guy.
It will be interesting to see how his 40 times compare to the guys you are referring to. You generally don't get a 5 star rating coming out of high school without possessing elite speed at the skill positions. He seems to be all over the field making plays. He seems to have great range, play recognition and situational awareness. A guy that has range and can cover has been the achilles heel of this defense for years. Jefferson seems to fit the bill in those respects.
Jefferson is not a thumper, but he doesn't really shy away from contact either. He is just a very sure tackler. I think he will be a starter in the NFL as a rookie.
With Jefferson supposedly being criticized by Oklahoma coaches, correctly evaluating whether he is a lazy player or not as alleged will be critical. But if he falls down draft boards he could present us even greater value if we get him lower than expected.
I think that he presents similar value and less risk than the linebacker/DE out of Oklahoma last year that went in the second round to the Lions or Ravens IIRC. It is obvious that OU coaches would know more about this guy than anyone else with respect to his workout habits and practice habits. I would think that Jerrry Jones' relationship with Bob Stoops would come in very handy on getting an honest evaluation of Jefferson.