Las Vegas Raiders 2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Justin Jefferson
Fit in Vegas
Even in the aftermath of an impressive junior season, one that saw Justin Jefferson lead the nation in receptions and display some historic performances in the College Football Playoff, the biggest question mark scouts had was whether that production and namely his speed, could translate to the NFL.
Being able to create separation from NFL defensive backs is a whole different ball game, but his 40-yard dash time may have put those concerns to rest.
As for his fit in Vegas, the Raiders could definitely benefit from a speed threat to compliment what they already have with Waller, Renfrow, and Tyrell Williams. The only caveat here is pinpointing exactly where Jefferson registered that elite production in college: at the slot position.
Per ProFootballFocus, Jefferson recorded just five snaps from the outside position in 2019. While having a speed threat at the slot position sounds enticing, Las Vegas is likely happy that they have that role filled with second-year receiver Hunter Renfrow. If the Raiders are to draft a receiver, it’s likely with the thought that he could fill a need on the outside.
Still, nothing can be ruled out with Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock on draft night. If they were to be locked in on Justin Jefferson (who is slotted to hear his name called between the 21-25 range per various mock drafts) it would have to be with the belief that Las Vegas wants to trade back in the first round.
There is a reason why Jerry Jeudy, Ceedee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III find themselves atop the receiver boards, thus having their names associated with the Raiders. They’re the top of the pack, and the only way the Raiders take a look at Jefferson is if they truly believe none of those top three fit in Vegas.