NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Thomas Jefferson, RB, University of Delaware by Matt Anzio
- Prospect: Thomas Jefferson
- Position: RB
- School: University of Delaware
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 225 lbs
- Draft: 2019
- Projected Forty : 4.57
- Projected round: UDFA
- Hometown: Prospect Park N.J.
- Number: 28
Stats & Awards
Career Stats: 12 starts played in 22 games with 318 carries, 1,590 yds , 13 TD’s, 18 catch & 154 yds in the pass game
- 5 yd avg thru career
- All ACC Candidate 2017-18
- Has ran for over 100 yds five times in his career
- Played in 22 career games as of 2017
- 140 carries for 700 yds, 5.0 avg 6 TD’s 63.8 yds per game
- 4 time Blue Hen TD club Player of the week.
- He was Ranked 8 in the CAA
- Had 140 yds vs Towson
- Had 124 yds vs Lafayette
Draft Diamonds Report
The Blue Hens like to use multiple RB’s but Jefferson has shined in his role as a big long striding power type back. Downhill runner that has solid balance with good long speed & mental/ Physical toughness. Look for him to continue to show improvement this season as Delaware leans more on this big dependable back. One gap runner but can cut find his way through holes in the D looks very natural in his ability to weave thru traffic. Makes nice fluid suttle cuts in & out of breaks can redirect in a hurry.
Toughness is a key attribute of Jefferson he has the frame to not only be a weapon in the run game but a gem in the blocking & pass game. Natural pass catcher like a slot wide out with the rock in his hands. Has the build to be a key blocker but has the attributes to become sufficient as a blocking back. Has a good long frame in the pass game can easily get in & out of breaks like a slot WR. Lean muscular but still stout at 6’1 225 you know he can be an asset in a blocking assignment. Intelligent player on & off the ball field considered a medical scholar by his colleagues & a vocal exciting character on the gridiron.
Very interested in his development he can easily bulk up to 240, but will he have enough speed at that size? He is most definitely a throwback RB like many backs in the 70’s 80’s he has that type of size as well as style. Every team needs a big power 3rd down back this RB’s fluidity size mixed with is why TJ will get a look from several NFL or CFL teams. Part of a rotational backfield in College will benefit him if he gets with a 2 or 3 headed stable in the Pro’s. Part of that rotation includes another very talented big back I will be featuring in the near future Kani Kane.
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