In Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft, Gator wide receiver Van Jefferson was selected by the Los Angeles Rams for their 2nd pick, No. 57 overall. The Rams were in need of another solid receiver as another weapon for QB Jared Goff, and Jefferson fit the bill.
A weapon for the offense.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) April 25, 2020
A transfer from Ole Miss, Jefferson was strong right out of the gate as a freshman, recording a 20-yard touchdown in his very first collegiate game and earned First Team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches. Upon arriving in Gainesville, he hit the ground running, and in 2018 led the Gators in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and average yards per game. His speedy sprints off the catch are his secret weapon, and while his routes are clean, he’s also a quick-twitch decision-maker, bouncing in and out of routes when he needs to with little to no visible effort.
While he was out of the 2020 NFL Combine with an ankle injury, Jefferson was actually found to be the fastest player at the Reese’s Senior Bowl just a few months ago. Some worried his speed would be a hindrance to his NFL prospects, but clearly for the Rams, it wasn’t an issue.
Florida WR @VanJefferson12 couldn’t run the 40 at Combine (foot injury) but @ZebraTechnology had him as fastest player at the @seniorbowl with max speed of 21.05 mph, which is faster than Devin Duvernay (20.90/4.39), Denzel Mims (20.26/4.38), and Antonio Gibson (20.15/4.39). 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/t7Y8nRmonn
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) April 4, 2020
Jefferson’s father, Shawn, was an NFL wide receiver for 13 years before retiring to coach. He worked with the Detroit Lions, the Tennessee Titans, the Miami Dolphins, and currently coaches for the New York Jets, so it’ll be interesting to follow Van’s NFL career playing against his father.
Jefferson is the first Gator drafted by the Rams since 1995, when St. Louis drafted DE Kevin Carter in the first round.