2012 Draft Prospect Profile: Alshon Jeffery

Editor’ note: Welcome to our 2012 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Scott DelleFave. Scott is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

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The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Scott includes thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.

Alshon Jeffery: WR, University of South Carolina (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Alshon Jeffery: WR, University of South Carolina (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alshon Jeffery
6′ 4″ 235 lbs.
University of South Carolina Gamecocks
Wide Receiver

The Good:
Alshon is a physical freak with tremendous size and length. He can hit his max speed quickly. Can use his size and strength to punish smaller defenders and is difficult to bring down after the catch. He also has extremely large and soft hands that will make him a red zone terror at the next level. Moreover, he has the vertical leap to pluck the ball out of midair at an exceptionally high point.

The Bad:
While Alshon can hit his max speed fast, he does not possess an afterburner gear. He still needs to work on his fundamentals; including route running, and blocking in the run game. In addition, he developed a reputation of having the ball away from his body, thusly creating the possibility of fumbles. He has also some off-season conditioning concerns so his weight might become an issue at the next level.

The Skinny:
Jeffery is a tremendous athlete, a dangerous player with the ball in his hands. His junior year was erratic due volatile Quarterback situation at South Carolina. He has the prototypical NFL size for a possession Wide Receiver and has no reason to grow anymore physically. His red flags of lack of conditioning in the off-season and his temperament that got him ejected from the Capital One Bowl game. While I do give him a 1st round grade, he is caveat emptor, or buyer beware.

How he would impact the Bills:
If the Bills decide to go out of the box and take a Wide Receiver early, his name could get called at pick 10. Additionally, I feel Ryan Fitzpatrick would benefit a great deal due to having another large target to connect with on passes.

NFL Comparison:
Brandon Marshall, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins

NFL Draft Projection:
Top 25 Pick