Ravens Draft Tracker: Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery #1 Wide Receiver, South Carolina. 6'4" 233lbs


Jeffery is another player quickly falling down the draft board.Some are saying he is heavier and slower than stated in his draft bio. However with his size and speed as it is, I think the Ravens would jump all over him if he were available at the 29th pick.

Maybe the rumors are true, in that case I'm sure the Ravens brass are aware of the situation. However, if they are not, he would be a great fit in Baltimore. The Ravens have been looking for a big, physical receiver to pair with Anquan Boldin for years now. Most recently the James Hardy experiment was a bust but there have been many similar players that have not panned out for Baltimore over the years.

ESPN SEC Blogger Edward Aschoff was asked about Jeffery's stock falling in his weekly mail bag and here is what he had to say;

Patrick in Hillsboro, Ore., writes: In regards to Kiper predicts SEC-heavy NFL draft, Alshon Jeffery really not going in the first round? I find that hard to believe. Any insight? Thanks, Patrick

Edward Aschoff: No real insight because Kiper is a draft guru and I trust his word, but I think that Alshon's 2011 season might hurt him in the draft somewhat. Remember, after his sophomore year everyone was talking about how he might challenge Justin Blackmon in this year's draft as the top wide receiver. However, by Jeffery's standards, he had a pretty pedestrian year … and he was still sixth in the SEC in receiving. Still, Jeffery is a tremendous athlete and should impress teams with his workouts before the draft. He's tough for just about any defensive back one-on-one and has underrated speed. Jeffery might be listed outside of the first round now, but scouts know what he can do and I think he'll find his way into the first round come draft day.

Here is some more info on Jeffery from his Wiki page...

2009

Jeffery caught five passes for 61 yards in his first five games before making seven catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns against the University of Kentucky. The performance was the second-best single game performance in school history and Jeffery became the third Gamecock in 2009 to earn SEC Freshman of the Week, following defensive end Devin Taylor and running back Jarvis Giles He was a consensus first-team Freshman All-SEC and first-team Freshman All-American.

2010

In a Week 4 contest against Auburn, Jeffery had a break-out performance in a loss. He was only a few yards shy of 200 receiving yards and added 2 touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Another one of his best 2010 campaigns came against in-state rival Clemson where he had 5 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Through 14 games, Jeffery made 88 catches totaling 1,517 yards and 9 touchdowns including 8 games with 100 yards or more receiving, and a 108.4 yd/game average. Jeffery was named a Biletnikoff award finalist, the award given to the nation's top wide receiver. Because of his performances, helping lead the Gamecocks to their first SEC Championship Game appearance, Jeffery was selected as an All American.

2011

In the season opener against ECU in which he caught five passes for 92 yards, Jeffery extended his active streak to 24 consecutive games with a reception.

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