He had an uninspired showing in the BCS National Championship game, and although he was limited by the offense he played in that showcased a lot of the talent around him rather than as a throwing QB, Jefferson hasn't shown enough transferable skills at this point to garner a draft pick, but an athlete with his size and SEC experience should get a shot in camp.
He has the arm strength to make NFL throws, and has shown accuracy on some deep balls over the years. He can extend plays with his feet, and has started a lot of games against top-notch SEC competition throughout his career.
When in a two-minute offense or under pressure late in a game, Jefferson uses poor judgment and is ripe for turnovers. He lacks awareness in the pocket and tries to rely on his scrambling ability too heavily, causing him to take bad sacks. There are many fundamental elements of Jefferson's game that need work before he would be ready to run an NFL offense."
A one side of the field read guy only who tries to go through his limited progressions, but if it’s not on he is decisive taking off and trying to get all he can with his feet. Limited from the pocket though, doesn’t trust what he sees, struggles to throw receivers open and needs to see an open target in the short/intermediate pass game in order to let the football go. Has experience throwing from both the gun and from behind center.
Is athletic, takes a big first step and quickly gets away from the line, but struggles with balance when trying to settle himself and is inaccurate at times because of it. Gets too narrow and upright with his footwork in all areas of the game, doesn’t consistently have a great base which really affects his accuracy and touch down the field.
Also, needs to do a better job transferring his weight off his back foot to his front, seemed rush too often trying to get the ball out. Displays an above average arm, can stick some throws in the intermediate pass game and for the most part throws a clean football.
However, balance will kill him at times, gets out over his front foot too quickly and passes tend to skip into the dirt. Isn’t real compact with his delivery and there is a noticeable wind-up as he takes the ball back.
Impression: A good athlete who is learning how to become a quarterback. Is very inconsistent throwing the football and his footwork is the biggest reason why. Struggles to trust his eyes and decipher info in the pass game as well and still has a lot of work to be done."
Where Jefferson makes his mark is as a runner, where he had seven rushing touchdowns last year. According to LSU’s official athletic site, this will be the first time under offensive coordinator Gary Crowton that a starting quarterback has returned the next year.
There is no doubting that Jefferson is capable of making every NFL throw, but is he capable of doing it on a consistent basis, and will he be willing to try out different positions at the next level? His senior season will show us a lot about where he is headed, but for now, he is an exciting player who is going to help LSU win football games."