Justin Jefferson – WR
Here’s your guy.
Justin Jefferson is currently the fastest player on the Vikings projected 2020 depth chart. His speed does not drastically outpace his fellow Minnesota teammates, but that is okay. Multiple speedsters can bode well for an indoor-heavy offense.
The rookie wideout from LSU blazed to a 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. It was the ninth-fastest time of any wide receiver in the 2020 draft class. More importantly, that time made him the second-fastest receiver to be drafted in the first round this year as only Henry Ruggs III topped Jefferson’s 40-time when he clocked in at a heat-seeking 4.27 seconds.
Jefferson is also the fastest wide receiver to be drafted by the Vikings since Cordarrelle Patterson back in 2013. For those curious, both basically have the same speed as Patterson ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash at the 2013 Combine.
Jefferson’s speed will be on display during the upcoming season, among other attributes, as Minnesota will seek to replace the production void left by Stefon Diggs’ exit. Jefferson was the keynote compensation for Diggs when the Vikings finagled a deal to ship the oft-discontented wideout to the Buffalo Bills in March.
Minnesota, after draft day hopscotch, ended up receiving a fourth-round pick in 2021 from Buffalo, another fourth-round pick in 2021 from the Chicago Bears, a fifth-round pick in 2021 from the Baltimore Ravens, and former Michigan State defensive end Kenny Willekes from the seventh round of this year’s draft all thanks to the Diggs trade.