Justin Jefferson

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Justin Jefferson
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Jefferson with the LSU Tigers
No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1999-06-16) June 16, 1999 (age 20)
St. Rose, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Destrehan
(Destrehan, Louisiana)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards

Justin Joshua Jefferson (born June 16, 1999) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU.

Early years[edit]

Jefferson attended Destrehan High School in Destrehan, Louisiana.[1] He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[2]

College career[edit]

Jefferson at LSU

After not recording a catch his first year at LSU in 2017, Jefferson was their leading receiver in 2018 with 54 catches for 875 yards and six touchdowns.[3]

As a junior in 2019, Jefferson led the country with 111 receptions. His 18 receiving touchdowns ranked second in the country—behind only teammate Ja'Marr Chase—and his 1,540 receiving yards were third most.[4] He had a historic performance in the Peach Bowl, catching 14 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns. All four touchdowns came in the first half, and set a College Football Playoff game record and tied the record for any bowl game.[5] On January 15, 2020, Jefferson announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Collegiate statistics[6][edit]

Season Team Receiving Rushing
Rec Yards Avg Lng TD ATT YDS AVG LNG
2017 LSU 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 4 4.0 4
2018 LSU 54 875 16.2 65 6 1 4 4.0 4
2019 LSU 111 1,540 13.9 71 18 5 26 5.2 19

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1 14 in
(1.86 m)
202 lb
(92 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.43 s 37.5 in
(0.95 m)
10 ft 6 in
(3.20 m)
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Jefferson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 22nd pick in the 2020 NFL draft.[8] The Vikings previously obtained the 22nd selection as part of the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills.

Personal life[edit]

His brothers, Jordan and Ricky, both also played college football at LSU.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gillen, Garland. "Another Jefferson stars for Destrehan football". fox8live.com. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Times-Picayune, Andrew Lopez, NOLA com | The. "Destrehan's Justin Jefferson added to LSU football team". NOLA.com.
  3. ^ Guilbeau, Glenn. "LSU's Justin Jefferson will transition from Mr. Outside to Mr. Inside at receiver in 2019". The Advertiser.
  4. ^ "Justin Jefferson College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  5. ^ West, Jenna (December 29, 2019). "Five Things to Know About Justin Jefferson, LSU's Breakout Receiver". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Justin Jefferson Stats". ESPN. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  7. ^ "Justin Jefferson Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  8. ^ White, R.J. (April 23, 2020). "2020 NFL Draft grades: Vikings get an 'A' for selecting Justin Jefferson at No. 22 overall". CBS Sports. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  9. ^ bkubena@theadvocate.com, BROOKS KUBENA |. "LSU family legacy continues through Justin Jefferson: 'It's like he was destined to do it'". The Advocate.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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