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2015 NFL DRAFT

Tony Jefferson, FS

School: Oklahoma  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Chula Vista, CA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 213 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 4. FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma (5-11, 213, 4.75)...Jefferson emerged as an impact starter as a true freshman in 2010 in a hybrid nickel safety role and was productive the past three seasons for the Sooners. But poor tackling technique and concerns about his body holding up at the next level were both major factors that saw him slip down boards, eventually going undrafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Oklahoma Pro Day: Representatives from 30 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held at Oklahoma on Wednesday, where 22 players went through a workout held indoors on FieldTurf. Tony Jefferson, FS (5-11, 212) - Jefferson ran a 4.18-second short shuttle and a 7.32-second three-cone drill, but was forced to the sidelines after pulling his right hamstring. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson has been a starter since he arrived in Norman, impressing with his ability to tackle and make plays in coverage. He has a leaner frame but hits like a truck, and scouts will be interested to see what his official numbers are when he tips the scale. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2013 - Oklahoma safety Tony Jefferson and wide receiver Kenny Stills, both juniors, plan to forego their remaining eligibility to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to an ESPN report. A First team All-Big 12 performer in 2012, Jefferson is ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 free safety, projecting as a second- or third-round pick. He emerged as one of the conference's top defenders as a true freshman in 2010, earning Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors. This past season, Jefferson finished with a team-best 119 tackles, 3 1/2 for losses, and a pair of interceptions.

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 212 pounds, Jefferson doesn't look overly imposing. But he is a reliable tackler and does a nice job breaking down on the move. He has room to refine his technique in certain areas, but he plays heady and smart with good football awareness. With 33 starts over three seasons, Jefferson has an impressive collegiate resume that will be appealing to NFL teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/06/2013 - It hasn't been the best couple of days for Oklahoma fans. Following Friday night's 41-13 loss to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, it was reported by ESPN's Joe Schad on Sunday morning that wide receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson would both be leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft.

Stills was Oklahoma's leading receiver, catching 82 passes for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his three years with the Sooners, Stills had 204 receptions for 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns, though 2012 was his first season as Landry Jones' top target. With both Stills and Jones leaving school, that's a lot of offense Oklahoma will need to replace in 2013.

Then there's Jefferson, who finished the season with 119 tackles, 3 1/2 for a loss, two interceptions and three passes defended. He was a key contributor to a defense that was one of the best units in the Big 12 the last few seasons. Stills is projected to be a third-round pick in this spring's draft, while Jefferson is expected to go in the second or third round. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

01/04/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: FS Tony Jefferson could be playing his last game as a Sooner. A junior, he is OU's best defender and may be that by a wide margin. From his safety position, he's made 113 tackles this season, including 79 solos. That's 28 more solo stops and 36 total stops more than any other Sooner. Jefferson has had nothing to say on the topic of early entry into the draft, but of all the Sooners with that option, he might well be the top prospect. - The Sports Xchange

01/01/2013 - Oklahoma junior safety Tony Jefferson received his grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. But he isn't talking about it. "Yeah, I got it," Jefferson said. "But I'm not talking about the grade." Was he happy with the grade? "It was cool," he responded.

Jefferson led Oklahoma with 113 tackles through the 2012 regular season and is preparing for Friday's Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. He's played much of the season on a bum ankle, which he sprained in OU's Sept. 8 win over Florida A&M, and said the month between the Sooners' regular-season finale and the Cotton Bowl has been helpful.

"You know, you get a high ankle sprain, it takes about six-to-eight weeks to heal," Jefferson said. "I didn't really get a chance to do it because we had a game every week. But it's not about being injured and stuff. You've gotta fight through those type of things. "I'm feeling better. I've been able to rest my ankle a little bit. Give my body some rest." - Jason Kersey, News Oklahoma

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Safety - Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma...Jefferson has served as an integral part of an Oklahoma squad that ranks second in the Big 12 in pass defense (197.7 ypg). The Chula Vista, Calif., native ranks fourth in the nation among defensive backs with 113 tackles, a total that leads all Oklahoma defenders and ranks second in the Big 12. He needs eight more tackles to surpass Rodney Rideau (120 in 1999) for the most tackles accumulated by a Sooners defensive back in a season.

A consensus All-Big 12 selection, Jefferson posted seven double-digit tackle games in the 2012 regular season, registering a career-best 14 tackles apiece against Kansas State and Oklahoma State. - Oklahoma football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Defensive back: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, 5-11, 212, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif., has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jefferson, a junior safety from Chula Vista, Calif., ranks fourth in the nation among defensive backs with 113 tackles, a total that leads all Oklahoma defenders and ranks second in the Big 12. - Oklahoma football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake, has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jefferson, a junior safety from Chula Vista, Calif., ranks fourth in the nation among defensive backs with 113 tackles, a total that leads all Oklahoma defenders and ranks second in the Big 12. - Oklahoma football

10/17/2012 - After recording a team-high seven tackles and an interception for Oklahoma in its 63-21 win over Texas, junior safety Tony Jefferson has been named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week. Jefferson also added a team-high two tackles for loss and was one of the defenders in on an Oklahoma safety that extended the OU lead to 29-2 in the second quarter. Jefferson was a member of the 2012 Jim Thorpe Preseason Watch List released this past summer after garnering All-Big 12 honorable mention accolades in 2011. The Chula Vista, Calif., native was also named to the Bednarik, Camp and Nagurski Award watch lists. - Oklahoma football

09/30/2012 - DB Tony Jefferson was the last Sooner to have an injury bring his availability into question, but Jefferson responded with a career-best 14 tackles against Kansas State. So the Sooners are healthy.

09/23/2012 - DB Tony Jefferson sprained an ankle against Florida A&M but came back against Kansas State to record a career-high 14 tackles.

09/16/2012 - DB Tony Jefferson is expected back for Saturday's game with Kansas State after spraining an ankle against Florida A&M.

09/09/2012 - DB Tony Jefferson suffered a sprained ankle and left the game against Florida A&M, giving way to little-used senior Jesse Paulsen. Following the game, there seemed to be no alarm over Jefferson's condition, yet there was no word on when he would be ready to play again.

07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): DB Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, Jr/2L,...Honorable mention All-Big 12 last season, Jefferson led OU with four interceptions and was third on the team with 74 tackles at the defensive back position. - Oklahoma football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Tony Jefferson, junior, DB, Oklahoma, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Jefferson, who has also been named to the Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Jim Thorpe Award watch lists, led the 2011 OU team with four interceptions and was third on the squad with 74 tackles. The junior, who has played in a hybrid defensive back role the last two seasons, tied an OU single game record last season with three interceptions against Ball State. Jefferson had nine games with at least five tackles on the year. - Oklahoma football

07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma S, Jr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. Jefferson, who has also been named to the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists, led the 2011 OU team with four interceptions and was third on the squad with 74 tackles. The junior, who has played in a hybrid defensive back role the last two seasons, tied an OU single game record last season with three interceptions against Ball State. Jefferson had nine games with at least five tackles on the year. A freshman All-America pick in 2010, Jefferson was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection last season. The Chula Vista, Calif., native registered a team-high four interceptions for Oklahoma along with 74 tackles in 2011. The 5-11, 212-pound safety totaled a career high three tackles for loss on his way to finishing with a team-high eight tackles in a win over No. 5 Florida State last season. In the Sooners' big win over No. 11 Texas, Jefferson had an interception and a sack before ending the regular season with nine tackles at No. 3 Oklahoma State. - Oklahoma football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Jefferson was a freshman All-America pick in 2010 and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection last season. The Chula Vista, Calif., native registered a team-high four interceptions for Oklahoma along with 74 tackles in 2011. Both players were also named to the Bednarik Award Watch List earlier this week. - Oklahoma football

07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. FS Tony Jefferson (5-10, 200)...Jefferson lacks ideal bulk and strength for the position and needs to clean up his tackling technique, but he doesn't shy from contact and enjoys blitzing and making plays in the backfield (14.5 tackles for loss in his two-year career). He has loose hips and a balanced center of gravity to quickly change directions and close in a flash on the play. Jefferson isn't considered an elite prospect for the next level, but has top-50 potential because of his natural awareness, defensive motor and football IQ. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, S, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Jefferson led the 2011 OU team with four interceptions and was third on the squad with 74 tackles. The junior, who has played in a hybrid defensive back role the last two seasons, tied an OU single game record last season with three interceptions against Ball State. Jefferson had nine games with at least five tackles. - Oklahoma football

07/10/2012 - Top-five Oklahoma prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. FS Tony Jefferson (5-10, 200)...Although he was only a freshman in 2010, he proved to be too valuable to stay on the sidelines, starting nine games at nickelback and earning Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors. He played both nickelback and free safety last season and led the team in interceptions as a sophomore. Jefferson was a four-star LB/RB recruit out of high school in California and originally committed to UCLA, but changed his mind and chose the Sooners, along with his good friend Kenny Stills. He worked his way into the starting line-up as a true freshman in 2010 and started nine games as a fifth defensive back, recording 65 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a pair of interceptions. Jefferson started 12 games as a sophomore last season, finishing with 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a team-best four interceptions, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He is a versatile performer and isn't restricted to a specific position, showing the defensive instincts to line up in the box or drop in coverage in both man and zone looks. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - THE TOP 10 DEFENSIVE (NON) CANDIDATES FOR THE HEISMAN FOR 2012: 6. Tony Jefferson, S/LB, Oklahoma - Jefferson is a versatile and explosive defender in the mold of past Sooner hybrid-type defensive backs like Roy Williams and Donte Nicholson. He had 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions as a 2011 sophomore. If he improves on those numbers and helps the Sooners to the Big 12 title, he might make some noise in the Heisman race. - Heismanpundit.com

 
LATEST NEWS
04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 4. FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma (5-11, 213, 4.75)...Jefferson emerged as an impact starter as a true freshman in 2010 in a hybrid nickel safety role and was productive the past three seasons for the Sooners. But poor tackling technique and concerns about his body holding up at the next level were both major factors that saw him slip down boards, eventually going undrafted. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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