Rams scout compares former Gator Van Jefferson to team's leading receivers
The Los Angeles Rams have a type when it comes to wide receivers. When the team’s front office evaluated former Florida wideout Van Jefferson, they realized he fit the bill.
“As you consider Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, and if they were standing side-by-side, and they were looking into a mirror,” Rams director of scouting strategy James Gladstone told J.B. Long. “Their reflection would be that of Van Jefferson.”
While Woods and Kupp aren’t quite the household names of other NFL wide receivers, the comment is high praise of Jefferson. Both wideouts posted 1,100-yard seasons last year in the Rams’ high-powered offense. The duo posted nearly identical averages of 12.4 and 12.6 yards per catch.
“Though Van Jefferson was not the first wide receiver that we discussed for this group of draft prospects, it quickly became apparent that he would be the first wide receiver that we would consider drafting,” Gladstone told the voice of the Rams.
Dan Mullen’s squad was deep at receiver in 2019 and spread the ball around. Still, Jefferson’s 49 catches for 657 yards and 6 touchdowns were good enough to get him picked No. 57 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. It turns out, the Rams also looked at Jefferson’s Ole Miss career. In 2016, the Rebels had a loaded receiver corps that included future pros D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Jefferson. Metcalf and Brown each turned in impressive rookie seasons.
“Van Jefferson out-produced both of those players while serving on the same roster in 2016 at Ole Miss,” Gladstone noted.