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With the 22nd pick in the first-round, the Minnesota Vikings selected LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
In 2019, Jefferson finished with a career-high 1,540 receiving yards and 18 receiving touchdowns on 111 receptions. The Associated Press named Jefferson to the All-ACC Second-Team. Jefferson finished his LSU career with 2,415 receiving yards and 24 receiving touchdowns over 35 career games.
Jefferson is best known for his strong ball skills, with a smooth beginning to his routes. Although Jefferson struggles at the top of his routes, his overall talents make him a candidate to be an instant contributor at the next level.
A solid player comparison is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd.
In 2019, Boyd finished with a career-high 1,046 receiving yards on 90 receptions. In 2018, Boyd caught 70.8% of his passes for 1,028 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Over his career, Boyd has 2,902 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns.
The Bengals selected Boyd with the 55th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
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What The Analysts Say
Justin Jefferson projects as an impact starter at the NFL level. Jefferson brings size, quickness, route running polish, reliable hands to the slot — but don’t mistake him for *just* a slot receiver. –Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
A quarterback’s best friend, with the contested-catch focus and extreme ball skills to boost completion percentages. Jefferson failed to stand out as an outside target but saw his stock soar with a monster season from the slot. He has decent speed and separation talent, but he needs to improve as a route-runner, as he’s less likely to see the same freedom in space that LSU’s offense helped create for him –Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
Stefon Diggs is out the door and Justin Jefferson is in. Jefferson is a solid replacement for Diggs and should immediately complement Adam Thielen. Kirk Cousins likes to normally work short and Jefferson, who operates often in the slot, is a great option for Cousins. Expect Jefferson to be the team’s second wide receiver immediately.