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Arizona Cardinals’ Rookie Profile: D.C. Jefferson

June 26th, 2013 at 7:07 AM
By Steve Smith

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With their final draft selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals added some depth at the tight end position by selecting D.C. Jefferson of Rutgers with the 219th overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Jefferson is a project but he does have talent and some fine upside.

Let's take a look at his profile via nfl.com:

Strengths
Good athlete with good length. Flashes enough foot quickness to sit down in zones to present a big target, and often uses his long strides to cover a lot of ground down the seam, where his height presents a challenge to defenders. Also a willing blocker on the edge who is capable of bringing force out of his stance and attempts to sustain throughout the play.

Weaknesses
Not much production throughout his college career. Needs to prove his hands. Body control and positioning need to improve both as a blocker and receiver. Route running needs refinement. Use of leverage and hands in his blocking are not elite, and better defenders can slip off his attempts. Lacks explosion from his stance.

NFL Comparison
   Martellus Bennett

Bottom Line
Jefferson red-shirted at quarterback in 2008, but showed so much potential learning the tight end before the 2009 season that he started 10 games that year. He still never saw a lot of throws his way and his long-legged frame makes him a strider and costs him leverage in blocking.

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