40 Time Range: 4.48-4.49/- 25 pounds from season playing weight
Draft Scout Snapshot: The Bears did nothing to improve the offensive line that has failed the past two seasons to protect quarterback Jay Cutler. However, new general manager Phil Emery, in his first time running a draft, addressed the lack of pass-rush pressure by taking Shea McClellin in the first round. While the 6-3 1/2, 260-pound McClellin may be a bit of a tweener, he has a track record for getting after the quarterback. Round 2 brought another weapon for Cutler in big receiver Alshon Jeffery, who could be special; and in Round 4 Emery gambled on character concern tight end Evan Rodriguez, who is undersized but a talented pass catcher. For the eighth straight year the Bears drafted a safety, but 6-3, 220-pound Brandon Hardin must be converted from cornerback. 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. BEST PICK: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The big knock on the big pass catcher was that Jeffery couldn't run a lick. But the Bears clocked him at 4.47 at his Pro Day, and they believe he possesses almost every other trait needed to become an impact player, especially in the red zone. - The Sports Xchange
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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 Scouting 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 1/2-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.
Release: Uses his size, good strength and a very effective jab step to quickly gain clearance against press corners. Doesn't possess elite straight-line speed, but can lull defenders asleep with his long-strides and sneak behind the coverage for the long ball.
Hands: Possesses a rare combination of hand-eye coordination, body control and hand strength. Can make the circus grab look easy and already has compiled an impressive number of dazzling one-handed grabs (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky). Good flexibility to extend and pluck the ball high and wide, as well as behind him. Tracks the ball well over either shoulder. Does have a tendency to let passes get into his chest too often and will drop more balls than he should due to the fact that he's trying to elude defenders before he has the pass secured. This appears to be simply a concentration issue as Jeffery has already demonstrated the natural pass-catching skills usually reserved for Pro Bowl receivers.
Route running: If there is an area of concern for scouts, this would be it. Many of Jeffery's routes in South Carolina's offense are relatively simple quick screens, slants, crossers and fades. He does not possess the elite speed, which may allow NFL cornerbacks to squat on underneath routes. He runs with good balance and is a developing route-runner, but isn't always capable of shaking off cornerbacks to gain real separation due to the fact that he lacks true explosiveness out of his cuts. When he is asked to run double moves, Jeffery often rounds off his cuts, gaining freedom more due to a series of shoulder fakes and adjusting his speeds, rather than exploding out of his breaks. To Jeffery's credit, his size and body control make him open even when he is effectively covered. He understands how to position himself in front of the defender and is remarkably effective in plucking the ball out of the air in jump-ball situations even when pitted against some of the top cornerbacks in the country (Alabama, Florida).
After the catch: A nightmare for most collegiate cornerbacks to handle once he gets the ball in his hands. While perhaps lacking in top-end speed, Jeffery has good acceleration for a receiver of his size and can expose cracks in the defense because of it. He has above average elusiveness when in the open field, as well. Where he'll make his money in the NFL, however, is because of his strength and balance. Jeffery often spins by, runs through or simply bounces his way out of prospective tackles and fights for additional yardage. He possesses a stiff arm that some running backs could take pointers from. At times when doing so, however, he allows the ball outside of his frame, exposing it for defenders to rip away from him (Florida State).
Blocking: A bit inconsistent in this area. Uses his size and strength to shield off defenders, helping his teammates with some big plays. Considering his physical tools, however, he isn't (yet) the dominator in this regard that he someday could be...
Intangibles: Originally committed to a different USC -- Southern California -- out of high school before switching back to his local Gamecocks. Was a key member of a Calhoun County high school basketball team that won four consecutive state titles.
Jeffery leaves Carolina as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards with 3,042, the second-highest total in SEC history and one of just three players in conference history with over 3,000 career receiving yards. In 2011, he earned second-team All-SEC accolades after leading the team with 49 catches for 762 yards and eight touchdowns. He capped his career with a four-catch, 148-yard effort in the Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska in which he earned game MVP honors. He garnered All-America honors and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award following his record-setting sophomore season of 2010, when he caught 88 passes for 1,517 yards. He finished his three-year career with 183 receptions including a record-tying 23 touchdowns, and a school-record 12 100-yard receiving games. He caught a pass in each of his final 36 games as a Gamecock. During Jeffery's three seasons at Carolina, the Gamecocks have posted 27 wins, including a school-record 11-win campaign in 2011.
One of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, presented to nation's top receiver... first-team All-America as selected by AFCA, FWAA, Phil Steele and ESPN.com... second-team All-America by Walter Camp, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated and CollegeFootballNews.com... unanimous first-team All-SEC selection... named All-Sophomore by CollegeFootballNews.com... set the single-season school records in both receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,517)... led the SEC in receiving yards per game (108.4) and was second in receptions per game (6.29)... had eight games with 100+ yards receiving... Had seven catches for 106 yards vs. Southern Miss... posted an almost identical line vs. Georgia with seven grabs for 103 yards... just missed a third-straight 100-yard game with 97 on five catches vs. Furman... had the fourth-best receiving game in Carolina history with 192 yards and two touchdowns on eight receptions at Auburn, including a 69-yard reception... logged a seven-catch, 127-yard performance against Alabama, including a highlight-reel one-handed grab on the sideline with a defender grabbing his jersey... hauled in a career-high nine passes for 158 yards at Vanderbilt, including a season-long 72-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to seal the win... had three catches for 87 yards vs. Tennessee, including a 70-yard touchdown... missed another 100-yard game by one with seven catches for 99 yards vs. Arkansas... caught five passes for 123 yards in the first half vs. Troy... had a touchdown catch among five grabs for 141 yards in win over Clemson, earning Ernest Brooks Offensive MVP accolades... tied his career high with nine catches for 130 yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to Florida State.
First-team Freshman All-American as selected by the FWAA, Phil Steele, Scout.com and CollegeFootballNews.com... first-team SEC All-Freshman selected by the coaches... named fourth team All-SEC by Phil Steele... played in all 13 games, starting the final seven... led the squad with 46 catches for 763 yards, an average of 16.6 yards per catch... second on the team with six touchdowns... averaged 58.7 yards per game receiving, eighth in the SEC... averaged 3.54 catches per game, 10th in the SEC... was the only freshman in the top 10 in either category... recorded five catches for 56 yards through the first five games, but had 41 catches (5.1/game) for 707 yards (88.4/game) over the final eight contests... caught his first TD pass, a 20-yarder, against SC State... named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance against Kentucky.
Caught seven passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns, including a spectacular one-handed grab in that contest... the three TD receptions tied for the second-highest single game mark in school history... earned his first start at Alabama... caught four passes for 83 yards, including a 52-yarder, against the Tide... logged a season-best 161 receiving yards in the win over Vanderbilt... had his third 100-yard receiving game when he went for 118 against Arkansas including an 80-yard scoring catch.
Two-way player at Calhoun County High School... named first-team all-state by The State as a defensive back... caught 35 passes for 740 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior... also averaged 65 yards on kickoff returns and 35 yards on punt returns with three touchdowns... totaled 50 tackles on defense... selected to compete in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and in the Under Armour All-American game... logged 910 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2007... ranked 99th on Rivals.com top 100 list.
Considered the nation's 13th-best wide receiver and the fourth-best player in the state of South Carolina by the website... is a four-star recruit and the 22nd-best wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com... considered the 74th-best player in the nation by PrepStar... considered the fourth-best player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep... ranked 103rd on the ESPNU 150... also was a standout on the basketball court... originally committed to Southern California and also considered Tennessee... also had offers from Florida, Kentucky, Florida State and others.
Draft Scout Player News
01/09/13 - WR Alshon Jeffery made some rookie mistakes, but when he was healthy served notice that he should be an integral part of the offense going forward.
12/16/12 - WR Alshon Jeffery did not have a reception and was called for three offensive pass interference penalties. He also drew a 53-yard defensive pass interference penalty and a five-yard illegal contact flag.
12/09/12 - WR Alshon Jeffery caught three passes for 57 yards in his first game back after missing two with a knee injury.
12/06/12 - WR Alshon Jeffery (knee) practiced on a limited basis and could play Sunday.
12/05/12 - WR Alshon Jeffery (knee) was limited and has a better than 50-50 chance of playing.