Why Rams WR Van Jefferson Doesn’t Have Promising Fantasy Upside


Scott Halleran/Getty Images. Pictured: Van Jefferson

Rams WR Van Jefferson Dynasty Rookie Analysis

  • Draft Position: 2.57 | School: Florida
  • Height: 6’1” | Weight: 200 pounds
  • 2020 Age: 24 | Class: Redshirt Senior
  • Recruitment Stars: 4

An Ole Miss recruit, Jefferson actually played ahead of A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf as a redshirt freshman in 2016, putting up a 49-543-3 receiving line, but in 2017, he fell behind Brown, Metcalf and also DeMarkus Lodge, so he transferred to Florida.

Because he graduated from Mississippi in three years, Jefferson was able to play right away for the Gators, and he’s led the team in receiving in each of the past two years.

  • 2018 (11 games): 35-503-6 receiving
  • 2019 (12 games): 49-657-6 receiving

I’ll be honest: This is a humility ranking. I’m putting Jefferson at No. 28 because he’s a second-round pick, and he has a decent chance to play a lot of the snaps vacated by the traded Brandin Cooks.

But he’s a 24-year-old mid-sized receiver who never flashed in college. That’s not the type of player I value. He can play inside and outside, and he’s a smooth route runner with above-average speed, but he’s not at all physical, and I doubt he’ll be able to compete against NFL corners.

Maybe I’m wrong. It’s promising that he had a 76% positive play rate vs. man coverage last year (per SIS).

NFL Prospect Comp: Deon but older and with significantly more draft capital

More Dynasty Analysis For Freedman’s Top Rookies

  1. Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  2. Rams RB Cam Akers
  3. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor
  4. Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy
  5. Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs, part of The Action Network.

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