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2012 NFL Draft: Thoughts on Alshon Jeffery

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ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pulls in this reception against Jeremy Sulek #38 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks pulls in this reception against Jeremy Sulek #38 of the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Many of you here know that I am very high on Alshon Jeffery. There are some concerns about his weight, but he is a football player. He is not going to be a 4.3 guy, but he has the size to make up for what he lacks in speed. Jeffery would be deadly in the red zone.

Since I am always up for a good debate, here is an article I came across this morning by Josh Norris who calls Jeffery the eighth best receiver in this draft:

Simply put, Jeffery cannot separate. This was clear in his bowl game effort against Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, who repeatedly jammed Jeffery at the line of scrimmage. Dennard completely overmatched Jeffery downfield, as the receiver created no space against Nebraska's physical corner....Jeffery does not use his large frame effectively, either. Plenty of slow receivers make a living converting catches in traffic, but Jeffery loses way too many 50/50 balls for that to be the foundation of his game....Jeffery is the eighth best receiver in the draft, and a massive risk as a first-round pick.

I will admit that I did not watch any of that bowl game, but Jeffery had 4 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. He was separating from someone. Of course 51 of those yards did come on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half (highlight after the jump), but the fact that he was able to go and get that football is why you draft him.

In the second video after the jump, you will see Jeffery running right by Dennard for a 71 yard catch. Trust me, if he can find enough separation for Connor Shaw to get him the football, he will be able to get separation for NFL quarterbacks.

Click the link to read that whole article. He is highlighting the most overrated players in the draft. He is pretty spot on with the rest of them.