2017 NFL Draft

Alshon Jeffery, WR

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: St. Matthews, SC
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 216 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "We feel that Alshon (Jeffery) has the best hands in the draft. We feel he is the best at adjusting to the ball. We feel he is the best sideline and end-zone catcher in the draft. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands. He is a big man, he's strong, he's tough, he doesn't go down without a fight. He is a good route runner for the routes that they put him in." -- Bears general manager Phil Emery on second-round pick (45th overall) Alshon Jeffery. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Pairing 6-3 rookie Alshon Jeffery with 6-4 veteran Brandon Marshall will give quarterback Jay Cutler a dangerous twin threat in the red zone. Jeffery had 17 touchdown catches over his final two seasons at South Carolina. "He can be an excellent pro in that area," Bears general manager Phil Emery said. "I've (scouted) few receivers that are as good in the red zone as this guy. There are few receivers that are as good along the boundary with a ball in flight in tight coverage, (or) that come up with a ball as often as he does. It's outstanding how soft his hands are." Jeffery got knocked in the media for an alleged bad attitude last season when the Gamecocks went run-heavy on offense and his receptions plummeted from 88 to 49 and his yards from 1,517 to 762. But he explained it accurately. "Our coaches and all of us as a team, we just wanted the best situation to win the game," Jeffery said. "We found that teams were going to double-, triple-team (me) and give us the run, so we were going to run the ball a lot more. We won (a school-record) 11 games, so it worked out for us." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 2/45 - Alshon Jeffery, WR, 6-3, 216, South Carolina...Bears traded up five spots to make sure they got the highest rated player on their board at 45. Had huge sophomore season in 2010 (88 catches, 1,517 yards, 17.2-yard average, nine touchdowns), but production plummeted last season (49-762-15.6-8). Great red-zone production (23 career touchdowns). Excels at competing for jump balls and adjusting to the ball. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Emery disputes the media criticisms of Jeffery's attitude last season. "This is a very quiet young man, very centered," Emery said. "(But) he is very confident underneath all that quietness. When you challenge him and push him a little bit, which I did in our meeting about his weight, his answers come back strong. This guy does not lack athletic confidence. He knows he's good, which is a good thing. "(But) he knows he has to work to continue to get better. The more you watch of his tape, the more you see the competitiveness. This is not a lazy guy. When he gets the ball in his hands, he's working to score. He doesn't give up. I don't see give-up in this guy in any area." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina -- The Bears moved up to get Jeffery. A big receiver who played at over 230 pounds in the SEC but would be more of a post-up option at that size in the NFL. He's near 210 and ran in the high 4.4-second range at his pro day. The concern is that he won't easily separate in the NFL, the problem former Lions first-round pick Mike Williams had coming out of USC.

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 6-3, 216...At about 230 pounds or more, Jeffery had a decent college career and appeared to have everything necessary to be a good pro receiver except natural speed to separate from defenders. Since last season he tried to improve his speed by losing weight. However, when he showed up at the combine weighing 216 pounds he chose not to work out, although he said he was "better, lighter." He tried to prove it at his late March pro day where he showed some explosion with a 36??-inch vertical jump and a 10-2 broad jump and was timed between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds in 40 yards. But his performance in lateral agility drills was only average and not smooth. Before losing the weight Jeffery was reminiscent of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams, formerly of USC. But after being the 10th player taken in the 2005 draft (Detroit), Williams has been with four teams and is not an outstanding NFL receiver. It is difficult to determine whether Jeffery helped or hurt himself by losing the weight because his functional speed still seems to be average. Like Williams, Jeffery looked great collecting his statistics against out-sized college defenders, including 179 career receptions for 2,894 yards (16.2 per catch) and 22 touchdowns. Coach Steve Spurrier held him out of the opening play against Navy last season for what was described as a violation of team rules. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/29/2012 - Williams-Brice Stadium was the site of record-setting feats by wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during his University of South Carolina football career. On Wednesday, the Calhoun County High School graduate had to conjure up another strong performance to improve his standing heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. It was also an opportunity to answer critics who questioned his decision to not take part in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine held last month in Indianapolis, Ind., as well as his overall physical conditioning. With the support of family members and about 150 enthusiastic Gamecock fans in attendance at South Carolina's Pro Day, Jeffery looked to put to rest the negative speculation with two sprints that the NFL scouts from 12 teams averaged between 4.4 and 4.5 seconds. He accomplished his first run wearing, ironically, a red NFL combine T-shirt, and then discarded it to show off a slimmer 213-pound physique while completing the second timed run. Prior to the 40-yard dash, Jeffery posted a vertical leap of 36-5 and had a 10'2 broad jump. Afterward, the soft-spoken junior told the media he was pleased with the results. "I felt great," he said. "Everybody thinks I did great. So, I'll see. I'll read about what you think." "I wanted to show everybody I was working hard and what I can do." - Thomas Grant Jr., The Times and Democrat

03/28/2012 - With 30 teams present at South Carolina's pro day Wednesday, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery might have regained traction as a first-round prospect. Jeffery weighed 213 pounds and had a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches and 10-2 broad jump. For a player whose explosiveness -- and ability to uncover from NFL-caliber press coverage -- and conditioning came under great scrutiny, Jeffery has served himself well by maintaining his weight for the past month since he last weighed in at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. "I feel like I have a lot to prove, and a lot to show to a lot of teams," he said at the Combine, where he weighed in at 216 pounds. An All-SEC receiver as a freshman, Jeffery said he played last season at 230 pounds. "I just feel more in shape and better," he said. "Better. Lighter." In the end, Jeffery said it won't be weight or speed that helps him cash pro paychecks, it'll be his hands. One player who stood out Wednesday was senior cornerback Marty Markett, a walk-on who earned a scholarship for his final season in Columbia after coming to the school on a track scholarship. Markett (5-10, 166) might have to earn his way to the NFL on special teams but he'll raise plenty of eyebrows with his 40 1/2-inch vertical and 10-10 broad jump Wednesday. According to South Carolina, shimmery speed numbers this afternoon would be no surprise. In 2008, he posted all-time bests of 10.41 and 21.18 in the 100 and 200-meters at the NCAA East Regional Championships and indoors, logged a season-best 6.79 60 meters. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

03/24/2012 - The South Carolina football program will hold its annual Pro Timing Day at Williams-Brice Stadium on Wednesday, March 28, when draft-eligible Gamecock players are scheduled to work out for NFL coaches and scouts. Viewing for the on-field portion of the event, which will begin at approximately 11 a.m., is open to the public with free admission. Fans can enter the stadium through Gate 4 on the west (Bluff Road) side of the stadium beginning at 10 a.m. and sit in the west stands (behind the Gamecocks' sidelines). Fans are reminded that no video cameras are allowed. Those requiring a credential (NFL representatives, media, agents, family and former players) should enter the stadium through Gate 12 in the southeast corner, near the Gamecocks' locker room. Agents and family members will be asked to sit in the west stands, while media members are invited to sit in the south stands. Former players will be allowed on the field. Credential check-in begins at 8 a.m. - South Carolina football

02/25/2012 - South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery has yet to decide whether he will run the 40 in Indy on Sunday. The Gamecocks' all-time leading receiver did have a positive weigh-in, measuring at 6-2 1/2 and just 216 pounds, down significantly from his 2011 playing weight of 230. It was a positive development for Jeffrey, battling for draft position in a deep position group, as he was rumored to have added significant weight since the end of the season. Jeffrey is currently the No. 5 receiver and No. 47 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com, and a big weight gain would have been detrimental with LSU's Rueben Randle, Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, Wisconsin's Nick Toon and Arizona's Juron Criner all stacked closely in the second-round range. "I don't really pay attention to any of that. Anybody can write anything on the internet," Jeffrey said of the rumors. Jeffery mentioned former Florida Gator cornerback Janoris Jenkins as the toughest corner he has faced. He managed only 53 yards against the Northern Alabama defensive back last season, his second-lowest single-game total as a sophomore. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Former South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery answered questions about his weight Friday. But Jeffery's speed might remain a mystery until the Gamecocks' pro day March 28. Following reports he had ballooned to 235 pounds, Jeffery measured 6-3 and weighed 216 at the combine. He said he feels better than his playing weight of "like 230" last season. "I think that was too heavy for me," he said. "When I got to the NFL, I had to make a better transition." But Jeffery said he's not sure whether he'll run in Indy. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said before the combine that if Jeffery ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds or slower, he would drop on draft boards. Jeffery downplayed the impact quarterback Stephen Garcia's dismissal had on Jeffery's diminshed productivity in 2011, saying the loss of Garcia affected the entire team. - Joseph Person, Observer Sports

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 47. *Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina, 6-4, 229, 2...Jeffery has just about everything necessary to be a great receiver except natural speed to separate from defenders. Scouts will closely check his times in the 10, 20 and 40 yards at the Combine. He is exceptionally agile for a huge receiver, able to contort his body as needed in order to get his oversized mitts on the ball. His size and physical abilities are very reminiscent of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams, formerly of USC -- that is, Southern California in this case, where, coincidentally, Jeffery originally signed. Williams was the 10th overall selection by Detroit in 2005, but was shuffled to Oakland and Tennessee before finally learning it takes more than size and good hands to be a pro football player. Like Williams, Jeffery looked great collecting his statistics against out-sized college defenders, including 179 career receptions for 2,894 yards (16.2 per catch) and 22 touchdowns. Coach Steve Spurrier held him out of the opening play against Navy last season for what was described as a violation of team rules. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: Despite posting gaudy career statistics against quality competition, few players have more riding on their performance in Indianapolis than Jeffery. Scouts not only will be very interested to see him perform in athletic drills testing his straight-line speed (40-yard dash) and burst changing directions (shuttles, cone drills), the former Gamecock could also be a popular interview target. Teams will heavily investigate Jeffery's fluctuating weight and production. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/05/2012 - South Carolina's record-setting receiver Alshon Jeffery is giving up his senior season for the NFL. Jeffery said Thursday he will enter the NFL draft this spring. He set the school record with 3,042 yards receiving over three seasons. He had 49 catches for 762 yards and eight touchdowns this season, capping the year as the Capital One Bowl MVP in the Gamecocks' 30-13 win over Nebraska. Jeffery had four catches for 148 yards against the Cornhuskers, including a 51-yard Hail Mary touchdown grab right before halftime. Jeffery was ejected from the game in the second half for fighting. His best year came in 2010 when he set single-season marks at South Carolina with 88 catches and 1,517 yards. - AP Sports

01/03/2012 - South Carolina's season was marred by the dismissal of its starting quarterback, the loss of its star running back to injury and an NCAA investigation for improper benefits. Still, despite it all, the 10th-ranked Gamecocks won more games than any team in South Carolina history. "This is for all fans of South Carolina-always," coach Steve Spurrier belted out during the postgame celebration. Alshon Jeffery caught four passes for 148 yards and a touchdown before getting ejected for fighting, and the Gamecocks set a school-record for victories in a 30-13 victory against Nebraska at the Capital One Bowl on Monday. The Gamecocks (11-2) also snapped a string of three straight bowl losses. Spurrier said they will have rings "with a big `ole 11 on them" made for the team to commemorate the milestone. Connor Shaw, who took over at quarterback when senior Stephen Garcia was kicked off the team, came up big, passing for two scores and rushing for another in one of his best games. He finished 11 for 17 for 230 yards and ran for 42 yards. "We didn't play all that great at times, and Nebraska didn't play all that great either," Spurrier said. "But we made some good stops here and there... We won the fourth quarter today against them and our defense was sensational. "The record speaks for itself as the best team ever." Jeffery was having a surprisingly productive day playing just weeks after surgery on his hand for an injury he sustained in the regular-season finale. He was called for a personal foul penalty and ejected with just over two minutes left in the third quarter along with Cornhuskers cornerback Alfonso Dennard when both were caught throwing punches at each other after a play. "Getting ejected, that is something that happened in the moment," Jeffery said. - AP Sports

01/02/2012 - WR Alshon Jeffery broke a bone in his hand early in the regular-season ender against Clemson. He returned to the lineup and caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass, however. Surgery was performed on the hand the following Monday and he is should be ready to practice with the team later in the month. He should be 100 percent for the team's bowl game on Jan. 2nd. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Alshon Jeffery has not had nearly as strong a season, statistically, as he did in his sophomore year. The All-American wide receiver hasn't pouted about getting less passes thrown his way. He proved just how valuable he could be against Clemson. He caught only two passes for 29 yards, but one went for an 18-yard touchdown from quarterback Connor Shaw. The circumstances made the play more impressive as he broke a bone in his hand on the team's first possession, but returned to action and eventually made the fourth-quarter reception. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: WR - Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina, 6-4, 229, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. - South Carolina football

10/15/2011 - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen still believes he has a good football team, even though the reality of a 0-4 Southeastern Conference record was a stinging blow to the Bulldogs after a 14-12 loss to No. 15 South Carolina on Saturday. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw lofted a 4-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery, who stretched his 6-foot-4 frame over two Mississippi State defenders for the game-winning touchdown with 3:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. When the three players jumped for the ball, Jeffery was simply the tallest and best athlete, plucking the ball from the sky with 3:50 remaining to lead South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) to the win. It was a bitter ending after it looked as if Mississippi State (3-4, 0-4) might be able to pull off the upset. The Bulldogs never trailed until Jeffery's catch. "We're not that far off from where we want to be," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "That final step is a tough one." In his third career start, Shaw struggled for much of the afternoon. He completed 20 of 28 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 28 yards on 16 carries. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore came into the game averaging an SEC-best 129.8 rushing yards per game, but managed only 39 yards and a touchdown against the hard-hitting Bulldogs. He left the game in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury that could make the Gamecocks' victory a lot less sweet. - AP Sports

10/06/2011 - Through no fault of his own, junior All-American WR Alshon Jeffery has yet to have a breakout game this season. He had the closest thing to it against Auburn, however. He caught five passes for 86 yards. The included a highlight reel 50-yard touchdown catch, on which he leaped over a cornerback to catch Stephen Garcia's pass and dragged the defender the rest of the way. He leads the team in receptions with 19 for 322 yards and two touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Alshon Jeffery - The junior All-American finally made one of his signature catches on a 50-yard touchdown against Auburn. Due to the inaccuracy of senior QB Stephen Garcia, he has not had the type of season statistically that he had the last two campaigns. He will be looking to quickly form chemistry with sophomore Connor Shaw, the new starting QB. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - It was a different game, same story for the Gamecocks, who dropped a 16-13 decision to the Auburn. The loss, South Carolina's first of the season, was a result of the team continuing to struggle offensively. Fifth-year senior quarterback Stephen Garcia continued his season-long struggles as he completed only 9-of-23 passes for 160 yards and had two throws intercepted. Garcia's poor play allowed Auburn to stack the box against sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore, who was held under 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. Lattimore carried the ball only 17 times for 66 yards and a touchdown. Garcia supplemented the rushing attack with 62 yards on 10 carries, but was unable accomplish much through the air as he connected with only three receivers. Only a great ctach by All-American wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who dragged the defender the final 15 yards for a 50-yard touchdown, made the passing statistics as good as they were. - The Sports Xchange

10/06/2011 - Alshon Jeffery hasn't lived up to cover-boy status for No. 18 South Carolina. The Gamecocks junior receiver set school records and was a first-time all-Southeastern Conference performer with 88 catches and 1,517 yards last season. His play earned him a place on Sports Illustrated's college football preview issue this summer, a confident Jeffery wearing a knowing smile about what's to come. But Jeffery's been missing from the highlight reels he filled up his first two years at South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). He's got 19 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns, watching balls sail just out of his reach or way over his head too frequently this fall. Jeffery's head, though, is up and ready when his chance comes - just like always. "I'm not frustrated at all," says the soft-spoken superstar. "When my opportunities come, I'll just make the best of it." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier took steps to make sure those opportunities come more frequently from now on, switching to sophomore Connor Shaw at quarterback over inconsistent, fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia against Kentucky (2-3, 0-2) on Saturday. "We hope that the ball will get out quicker and that (Shaw) has somewhere to throw it," Spurrier said. "And I know it appears the last few games there's nowhere to throw it a lot of times." If the Gamecocks do throw the ball long, it's usually to Jeffery. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - WR Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 92 yards in the season opener which is a big game for most, but less than he has become accustomed. A bigger concern to the Gamecock coaching staff is he accounted for 50 percent of the team's receptions and 72 percent of the squad's 131 yards through the air. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - Steve Spurrier has waited a long time to feel this good about South Carolina. Spurrier, starting his seventh season, said this will be his strongest team yet with the Gamecocks, a versatile, speedy group that can score when they need to and stop others from answering back. And maybe just bring him what he's wanted since his return in November 2004 - a Southeastern Conference championship. "The team we've assembled, hopefully, is one of our best teams ever," Spurrier said. "Time will tell." Spurrier has tempered his praise of his team through the years, knowing he hadn't yet gotten together the necessary pieces to really compete for the top. These days, though, he can't help his confidence. The Gamecocks offense features a pair of frontline playmakers in tailback Marcus Lattimore and receiver Alshon Jeffery. Both helped the Gamecocks win the SEC East and play in their first league championship game. Lattimore ran through much of the league's top defenses, had gained 93 yards and two scores in South Carolina's upset of No. 1 Alabama, and 212 yards and three scores in the division clinching win at Florida, a place the Gamecocks had never won before. Jeffery set single season records last year with 88 catches for 1,517 yards. Jeffery is so talented, Spurrier says, he tells quarterbacks to just throw the ball up somewhere high in Jefferry's direction "and he's going to get it." - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina, Junior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Jeffery, a 6-4, 233-pounder from St. Matthews, S.C., was one of three finalists for the award last season after setting school records with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards. - South Carolina football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, WR, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. - The Maxwell Football Club


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