2. Van Jefferson, Florida
The upcoming draft is full of freak-athlete receivers with massive frames and blazing speed, but Florida’s Van Jefferson stands out for very different reasons.
He isn’t the most physically-gifted receiver and he never put up eye-popping numbers in college. But Jefferson remains one of the crispest, polished route-runners in his class which should help him find success at the next level.
The son of 13-year veteran and current wide receivers coach of the New York Jets, Shawn Jefferson, the 23-year-old is a technically-refined receiver prospect who has experience playing both on the outside and in the slot.
However, Jefferson never topped 50 catches or 700 yards in his four years with Florida and his athletic profile is subpar. Some teams could look at him as a limited-ceiling player who will be 24-years-old in July which could hurt his draft stock.
But Jefferson has showed out this week impressing scouts with just how refined of a route-runner he really is. He has enough size to get downfield and make plays even if he isn’t the most dynamic player after the catch.
He may be relegated to the slot in the NFL given his limited athleticism and superb route-running meaning that he may not be the best fit for the Raiders.
But that doesn’t mean that Jefferson hasn’t impressed and if drafted, Gruden would surely be able to find a role for him in the offense.