Rams Select Florida WR Van Jefferson 57th Overall in 2020 NFL Draft

by Jake Ellenbogen
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With the second pick of the 2020 Los Angeles Rams draft class, they selected Florida route running savant Van Jefferson.

The Rams made this pick after originally acquiring it right before the draft for Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Houston Texans. The Rams have raved or rather given an endorsement to Josh Reynolds and the wide receiver’s abilities, however, the addition of Jefferson creates a clear narrative that Reynolds is certainly not going to 100 percent be the guy to replace Cooks.

Jefferson was selected almost 29 years to the day after his father was drafted. With the football bloodline, the fact his father is a wide receiver’s coach, his route running prowess, the speed, the quickness, the ability to high point the football, the ability to finish contested catches and his willingness to block. Jefferson makes too much sense for the Rams at 57 here. Sean McVay loves receivers that do it all and Jefferson fits the mold of a McVay receiver.

The former Florida Gator didn’t have the easiest path to finding the NFL. He had to redshirt his first season at Ole Miss, the college he chose after initially committing to Georgia. Following that, he found himself fighting for playing time against the likes of DK Metcalf, AJ Brown and DaMarkus Lodge. Eventually, once the Ole Miss program was sanctioned by the NCAA, he chose to transfer to Florida. He found success at Florida being one of the key targets for quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.

Jefferson really turned his stock up a notch after competing at the Reeses Senior Bowl. By all measure, he was one of, if not, the best receiver in Mobile that week. The Rams took the talented wideout and with Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds in a contract season, it’s safe to understand how this makes a ton of sense.

Surprisingly though, with two picks through the draft, the Rams decided not to turn the attention to the defensive side of the ball in favor of rookie defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

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