A prospect in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft has his dreams of turning pro taking a major hit after Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Michael Jefferson suffered serious injuries from a multiple-vehicle crash last Sunday in Mobile, Alabama.
Via TMZ Sports:
“Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials tell TMZ Sports … the accident occurred on U.S. 43 in Mobile County, Ala. at around 7:55 PM — when a 55-year-old man who was driving a 2014 Dodge Charger collided head-on with Jefferson's 2019 Chevrolet Impala.”
The Dodge Charger was also hit by another vehicle, resulting in the death of the Dodge car's driver.
Michael Jefferson, meanwhile, needs multiple surgeries to repair his injuries, according to his agent (h/t Adam Schefter of ESPN).
“Louisiana-Lafayette WR Michael Jefferson, considered to be a likely mid-round draft pick later this month, was involved in a multi-car crash Sunday night in Mobile, Ala., that has required multiple surgeries, per his agent Jon Perzley of Sportstars.”
The 23-year-old Jefferson was expected to be among the names called in the 2023 NFL Draft. Many predicted him to be taken in the middle rounds as a top-30 talent among the pool of wide receiver prospects. However, his football goals will have to be put to the side as he and his family now hopes to seem him fully recover as soon as possible.
Michael Jefferson played two years for the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns after starting his college career at Alabama State, during which he racked up 1,291 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 69 receptions. In 2022, he posted 810 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 51 catches.