When you look at Jefferson you see all of this hype around him as carry over from when he came in highly recruited. But the question is where do you see him dominate games on tape? It’s not on the tape yet. One NFC scouting director says. The scouting director does have a good point. If you look at all of the data to check on Jefferson’s production and the most glaring issue is his lack of tackles. Jefferson has good size and great athleticism with a good motor, but managed just 121 tackles over his first two seasons. He has as three games in his career with double-digit tackles, ( two of them so far in his Junior year) and his “impact” production (game-changing plays like tackles for loss, fumbles forced and recovered, INTs) is very modest.
On tape, Jefferson is lacking in instincts and anticipation, which could tell you why he has lower tackle numbers. The flip side of things Jefferson has 9 career sacks all of which coming in his first two seasons and if new defensive. We could see him become a dangerous blitzer if put in the right situation. Regardless, Jefferson does need for his production and impact to more closely match his talent and athleticism.
In the game against Maryland Jefferson made some nice plays and good tackles. He finished plays, showed a good motor, And showed good sideline to sideline speed. He finished the game with 9 total tackles. ( 5 Solo and 4 assisted tackles.) He did have some bad plays where he took the wrong angle and it allowed the runner to get 4 to 8 yards on the ground. Most of his bad angles were against option read plays.
I do think he needs a little more work reading the offense. But I like his tackling ability and that he doesn’t miss a lot of tackle. Shows good speed and ability to split 2 blockers.