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04/29/13 - 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
03/17/13 - 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
02/20/13 - 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
01/06/13 - 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
01/06/13 - 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