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Draft Scout John Lejiste News
10/16/12 - Safety Jon Lejiste missed the Temple loss due to an unspecified leg injury and is questionable to return in week eight. The senior has 134 tackles in his career but has been limited to only 15 tackles in five games so far this year. - College Injury Report
07/02/12 - Top-five South Florida prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. SS Jon Lejiste (6-0, 210)...Entering his third year as a starter, Lejiste is a violent striker with the hard-hitting mentality that NFL scouts seek at strong safety. He was a two-star cornerback recruit out of high school, but moved to safety after his redshirt season and has since added 30+ pounds. After he served as a freshman back-up behind Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles), Lejiste earned the starting strong safety gig as a sophomore in 2010 (13 starts), posting a team-best 4.0 sacks. He started all 12 games last season, recording a career-best 47 tackles and taking on more responsibility in coverage. Lejiste has good size and strength for the position with the straight-line speed to close in a flash. He has enough range to play sideline-to-sideline, but needs to do a better job putting himself in position to make plays on the ball in coverage (only two career interceptions). If Lejiste continues to improve as a senior like his previous two seasons as a starter, he will be on many team's draft boards next spring. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com