Jermar Jefferson

Running back

Oregon State

5’9 215

Positives:

  • Good contact balance
  • Always driving his legs for extra yardage
  • Able to out run tacklers to the corner
  • Accelerates to top speed quickly
  • Good hands and gets up the field quickly after the catch
  • Has experience in the screen game
  • Has surprisingly good power for his size
  • Shows good vision to find the open gap if his initial gap is stuffed
  • Uses a one cut and go move very well
  • A great fit for a zone blocking scheme that likes their running backs to make one cut and get up the field
  • Able to squeeze through small gaps
  • Uses some subtle moves to get away from tacklers
  • He has a move when he is running by tacklers where he will kind of twists his body and leans away, allowing him to avoid their tackle attempt
  • Shows the ability to pull away from tacklers at times and erase angles
  • 5’9 and built low to the ground, so it is hard for tacklers to get a straight shot on him to knock him back
  • A decent pass blocker

Negatives:

  • Explosiveness is only average; takes him a few steps to get to full speed
  • Lacks elite speed to be a consistent breakaway threat
  • Does not show a lot of creativity with the ball in his hands
  • Not the type of back to make you miss in a phone booth
  • Not a lot of production in the passing game at OSU
  • Was rarely used split out and only was used on basic running back routes like wheel routes and screens and such
  • Only has 43 career catches and 25 of those were in his freshman season
  • You never see him try and use a stiff arm
  • Pass blocking skills are not NFL level yet

Final thoughts:

Jefferson would be a great fit with the Packers. He would be a compliment to AJ Dillon. Jefferson has a similar skill set for Aaron Jones. They have similar contact balance, good hands, good power for their size. Jones probably is a little bit more quick and agile while Jefferson might bring a little more power and drive. In Jones’ first three years at UTEP and Jefferson’s career at OSU they have the exact same amount of catches. So yes, Jefferson will still need some development there but he definitely has the skills to do it and excel at it. Jermar is being underrated by most right now. The Packers organization has stated in the past that they believe that they need 3 quality players at running back, so don’t sleep on running back this draft. Jefferson could replace Aaron Jones down the line, now that Jones has signed a long term extension with the green & gold.

Draft stock: 3rd-4th round