8. Justin Jefferson WR, LSU
For receivers to rank this highly despite the Titans only having a fringe need at the position speaks to the talent in this class. And I can’t think of many talented players who are more underrated than Justin Jefferson.
I know that it has been trendy to mock Jefferson in the first round of mock drafts, but there is a good reason to lean into that trend. In his two years as a starter, Jefferson has grown exponentially, nearly doubling his receiving yards (875 to 1,540) and tripling his touchdowns (6 to 18).
And similar to another former SEC receiver, the reason why he is being ranked outside of the first round on most big boards is because he spent most of his time in the slot. However, that didn’t seem to be a problem for A.J. Brown as he shifted to the next level.
Even if Jefferson is “limited” to a slot role if you can get a guy to line up in the slot and become a 1,000 yard receiver, then you need to shift your offense to one that features a slot receiver. It isn’t that hard.
Jefferson wins with his route running and with his ability after the catch and while he is going to get pushed down because of perceived limitations and his surrounding talent, don’t make the mistake of sleeping on him.
If the Titans drafted him then it would probably mean less time for Adam Humphries or at the very least a different role for him. That is if he does win the outside job right away.