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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: RB Jermar Jefferson

  • The Draft Network
  • December 29, 2020
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PROSPECT SUMMARY - JERMAR JEFFERSON

Jermar Jefferson has been very productive as a yardage gainer in this offense and is a good athlete with regards to his agility and body control as a ball-carrier. In the passing game, Jefferson is dangerous after catching check-downs due to his ability in space and creativity in the open field. He's shown the ability to chip and effectively get out in his route when looking to release, creating match-up problems against linebackers. In the run game, he demonstrates vision and an instinctive feel. He's a tough runner who uses good footwork and runs to daylight. When he gets to the second level or out in space, he has shown the ability to hit long runs in college, but this may not be a strength of his in the NFL.

Ideal Role: Change of pace running back.

Scheme Fit: He has the skill set to play in any offensive scheme, but would fit well in a zone-read scheme. 

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Oregon (2020), Cal (2020), Stanford (2020)

Best Game Studied: Cal (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Stanford (2020)

Vision: He runs the football with vision. He can easily see cut-back lanes and shows the agility and footwork to get there. He is a “run to daylight” type of running back whose vision allows him to break long runs.

Footwork: His footwork allows him to make jump cuts to avoid penetrating defenders in the backfield. He excels in the short area due to his lateral mobility and agility overall. 

Contact Balance: He shows moments of good contact balance. He runs with a strong base which helps him to absorb contact and progress upfield. He may not develop into a 20-carry-per-game running back, but he will be highly effective in his role. 

Durability: Again, this may not be a player that will develop into a 20-carry back. However, he has been durable in his role despite his less than ideal size. He has a compact build and runs with a center of gravity that helps him to absorb contract. 

Explosiveness: He is an explosive playmaker as a ballcarrier. He has broken several long runs during the 2020 season. He has also demonstrated the ability to turn potential “tackle for losses” into long runs due to his ability to create. 

Versatility: He has some versatility in his ability to play in base and also the kicking game. He can effectively be a 10-touch player in the NFL in order to maximize his output. He has third-down value due to his dynamic ability in space and his “home run” ability as a playmaker.

Elusiveness: He demonstrates the footwork and agility to avoid penetrating defenders. However, he doesn’t have a lot of wiggle and looseness in his hips, especially out in space. He does run the football with good instincts that help him to make the first tackler miss. 

Ball Security: Overall he takes care of the football. Although, he could improve at securing it with two hands upon contact. This is evident at the end of runs and physical NFL defenders could affect his ball security in the NFL.

Passing Downs: He demonstrates good ability on passing downs. He can effectively cut in pass pro. He has also shown the ability to get out in his route and has sufficient hands to catch the football. 

Discipline: He doesn’t run with good discipline, seemingly because he knows he can create something from nothing. This allows him to cut back and try to create big plays instead of staying playside and running with discipline.  

Prospect Comparison: Tony Pollard (2019 NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys)

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: 74.38/100

Kyle Crabbs: 71.50/100

Joe Marino: 74.00/100

Jordan Reid: 75.00/100

Drae Harris: 77.00/100

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