NFL analyst explains why he thinks former LSU WR Justin Jefferson is 'most pro-ready' rookie receiver
The Minnesota Vikings used 1 of their first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft to take LSU WR Justin Jefferson, who was fresh off an incredible, title-winning season with the Tigers.
Now, he’ll step into the role vacated by Stefon Diggs, and many analysts are excited to see what he can do this fall.
On Monday, NFL.com analyst Adam Rank wrote that he thinks Jefferson is the most pro-ready receiver of all the rookies:
The Vikings used one of their two first-round picks in April on Jefferson, who is going to be counted on to replace one of the better receivers in the game, Stefon Diggs, after Diggs was traded to Buffalo. I really like Jefferson and feel he landed in the best possible position of all of the rookie receivers, at least in terms of ability to make an immediate impact. I also think Jefferson is the most pro-ready of the rookie receivers, having played for an LSU team loaded with NFL talent under passing-game coordinator Joe Brady (who was hired to be the Panthers’ offensive coordinator this offseason). The only drawback is that Jefferson might be taking a step down at quarterback, going from first overall selection Joe Burrow to Cousins. OK, stop it. I’m kidding. But Jefferson is a good route runner. He’s awesome on contested catches.FREE DOWNLOAD FROM SDS
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With Kirk Cousins throwing him the ball and Adam Thielen lining up alongside him at receiver, Jefferson will be in a good position to succeed. We’ll see how he fares in his first NFL season.