Spending most of his time inline, Telfer has an athletic skill-set to make acrobatic catches and block with flexibility, showing reliable effort in both areas. Despite the hustle, he lacks the overpowering strength to latch-and-sustain with passive hands - can be tossed by edge rushers. Telfer has enough speed in his routes, but is inconsistent at the stem and tends to fight the ball, leading to drops - more of a blocker than receiver in USC's offense.
Although he is a hard worker and toughs out pain, he has a long injury history, most recently arthroscopic surgery on his knee (April 2014) and left foot surgery (March 2015). Telfer flashes and he might be able to live on special teams (two career blocked field goals), but his track record makes it tough to trust him.
After an impressive redshirt freshman season, Telfer put his name on the NFL map as a player to watch, but he struggled to find an identity on the USC offense the last few years, failing to match his 2011 production.
07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: Randall Telfer, Sr, USC...Telfer was on the field often at tight end as a junior in 2013. Overall in 2013 while appearing in 11 games (he suffered a knee injury at Notre Dame and was sidelined for the next 3 games: Utah, Oregon State, California) and starting 8 times (Washington State, Boston College, Arizona State, Arizona, Notre Dame, Colorado, UCLA, Fresno State), he had 6 receptions for 78 yards (13.0 avg) with 1 TD and made 2 tackles. - USC football