Minnesota Vikings select Justin Jefferson with 22nd overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft
Many have projected a plethora of wide receivers to be taken in this year’s draft. Justin Jefferson can officially say he was one of them. With the No. 22nd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Jefferson out of LSU.
There have been many arguments made about who the best wide receiver is in this year’s draft class. While CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs have been placed in the top tier of receivers, Justin Jefferson was also given a first-round grade by many scouts.
However, there may not have been a receiver in this year’s class that was more productive than Jefferson was in 2019. In his final season at LSU, Justin Jefferson hauled in 111 receptions, 1,540 yards, and 18 touchdowns. Most of Jefferson’s damage was done out of the slot, giving him more room to operate on his routes.
With that being said, there’s nothing that shows that Justin Jefferson can’t play on the outside in the NFL. His combination of route running and quickness should make him an immediate impact player.
For the most part, Jefferson is at his best when running short or intermediate routes. There’s a reason why Justin Jefferson averaged a respectable 13.9 yards per reception in 2019. He is also capable of making catches down the field while a defender is draped all over him.
Some scouts have questioned whether or not Jefferson can translate his production to the next level. Also, some believe that he was a product of having Joe Burrow as his quarterback this past season. Nevertheless, Justin Jefferson is ready to prove that he was well-worth the No. 22 pick in this year’s draft.
Considering the Vikings traded Stefon Diggs in the offseason, they’ll figure Jefferson can replace some of that production.