Past Experience — Jefferson has been a tight end since losing the quarterback battle as a redshirt freshman and shifting positions. Seeing playing time that season and becoming a starter shortly thereafter, Jefferson has seen his name on the two-deep for the last three years.
Jefferson has 27 receptions for 392 yards in his career. His only touchdown reception came in 2010 on a pass from Mohamed Sanu.
As a Recruit — Jefferson was a prize of the Class of 2008 for coach Greg Schiano and company. A 6-foot-6 gunslinger from Winter Haven, Fla., Jefferson flipped between Rutgers and LSU before ultimately signing with the Scarlet Knights.
Spring Performance — Minimally involved and rehabbing his late-season leg injury, Jefferson's biggest strides came off the field as a leader. Jefferson is now a fifth-year senior and looked to by many for advice. Jefferson had the chance to study and work closely with new tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins, another converted quarterback, and will go into the summer with a greater understanding of his role in the offense.
Does Well — When you see an NFL tight end, that's what they look like. It was a common saying by Schiano during Jefferson's development at tight end. Physically, Jefferson gives Rutgers everything it needs as a tight end. He is large, powerful, and moves extremely well for his size.
Jefferson has emerged as a strong run blocker as well. Bigger and stronger than many he goes against, Jefferson is far ahead of his competition from a blocking standpoint.
Needs to Improve — To be a successful tight end in a pro-style system, Jefferson needs to improve himself as a dual-threat player. Averaging nine receptions per season, Jefferson's hands are questionable and ability to separate himself from coverage need improvement.
With a new position coach and new offensive coordinator, Jefferson gets a great chance to prove himself as a pass catcher in training camp, where he is expected to arrive at full health.
Long-Term Outlook — Inexperience is no longer an excuse. Jefferson has one more year to prove himself as a tight end and big numbers will be huge for him heading to the next level. Jefferson already looks the part of an NFL tight end and will get a look with his measurable alone. Throw a strong statistical season and some nice film into the mix and Jefferson can become one of the top tight ends in the NFL draft class.