3. Justin Jefferson – LSU
I’ve been leading the Justin Jefferson to the NY Giants hype train for quite some time now, and it seems that after the combine the draft ‘experts’ finally realized just how good he’ll be at the net level. I’m not sure why it took seeing him run a 4.43 40 for many to understand the type of athlete he is, but alas, he’s played himself into the 30-40 range with an outside chance at round one.
If he’s still there at #36, he should be a serious consideration with or without a trade down in the first round. The one disappointing number from his combine was that he only measured at 6’1. LSU had him listed at 6’3, 212 pounds but he came in much smaller and lighter than that.
Still, even at 6’1 and a half and 202 pounds, he’s bigger than any other Giants receiver. Even though he played out of the slot a decent amount, it was in a spread offense with four receivers on the field. He translates to an outside receiver in the NFL, and his 18 touchdowns as a Junior show the type of playmaker he is.
Jefferson also chipped in 111 catches and 1,540 yards, as he made big plays down the field time and time again. Pairing the former LSU star with Darius Slayton would give Big Blue two dynamic wideouts that can take the ball to the house any time they touch it. SI.com had him ranked 6th on their wide receiver rankings pre-combine, although there’s a decent chance he played himself into the top five after tearing Indy apart.