6 wide receivers the Vikings could select in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Justin Jefferson – WR (LSU)


  • Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 202 pounds

2019 Stats:

  • 111 catches
  • 1,540 yards (13.9 average)
  • 18 touchdowns

Justin Jefferson was a big part of the LSU Tigers team that won the National Championship last season. He was one of Joe Burrow‘s most reliable receivers.

Jefferson has quality reps going over the middle of the field and finding the soft spot in zone coverage to give his quarterback a good safety blanket. He’s also one of the purest route-runners in this class and he understands the little subtleties it takes to be a solid wide receiver in the NFL.

Jefferson isn’t going to be the fastest player on the field, but he knows how to create separation and he plays with natural leverage in his routes. He has really good hands that don’t drop too many balls. He has good short-area quickness to freeze the defender just enough to create a throwing window.

He was more of a slot receiver in college, but he has the versatility to be an outside receiver as well. The Vikings like to put Adam Thielen in the slot. But adding Jefferson may force Thielen to be more of an outside receiver in 2020, which wouldn’t be the worst idea. It at least gives the Vikings more options to create mismatches in the slot.