Denver Broncos: 5 best day three WR prospects in 2020 draft
Van Jefferson, Florida
Van Jefferson was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and opted to go to Ole Miss, where he began his college playing career. He then transferred to Florida where he caught 49 passes for 657 yards during his senior season. He had 12 touchdown catches in two seasons with the Gators.
Jefferson also has a great background as the son of a former NFL player. Shawn Jefferson, his father spent 13 seasons in the league with four different teams, catching 470 passes in his career. Currently, he serves as assistant offensive head coach and wide receivers coach for the New York Jets.
So you know his son has gotten great tips and coaching from a former pro. He’s probably my favorite guy on this list.
Jefferson’s route-running skills are fantastic and his ability to gain separation makes him a strong candidate to contribute right away in the league. He can play on the inside or outside, but as a slot receiver for the Broncos, he could be a great weapon.
He is a technician who has clearly spent time refining his skills. He has not shown that he can be a high-volume guy in terms of catching eight to 10 passes per game, but he is the kind of player who with the right play call at the right time could lose a defender and turn a routine catch into a massive gain.
If the Broncos could find him on the board with the No. 118 overall pick in the fourth round, which may be wishful thinking, it would be a fantastic selection.