Justin Jefferson was a star in college during the 2019 LSU Tiger’s national championship run, and many thought he would go higher than he did in the NFL Draft.
After being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings with the 22nd overall pick, he took the NFL by storm in his rookie year. As e reflected on his first season in the league, Jefferson is now excited that a team like the Philadelphia Eagles passed on him.
After being the 5th wide receiver on the board, Jefferson caught 88 passes for a mammoth 1,400 yards.
The Eagles picked 21st in the draft and decided to go with WR Jalen Reagor. He was unimpressive in his rookie year as he hauled in 31 catches for 396 receiving yards and 1 touchdown.
Justin Jefferson is now thankful the Eagles passed on him.
“Leading up to the draft, you know, they had all of those mock drafts and people sharing their opinions on who is going to go where. A lot of people had me going to Philly. And, I thought I was going to Philly. Honestly. The funny part is, Philly was on the board and then Minnesota called me.
“At first, I thought it was Philly. But, I answered the phone and it was Minnesota. It’s crazy how all of that happened and everything. But, I’m definitely, definitely, definitely excited that I’m on the Vikings rather than Philly.”
Justin Jefferson made the Pro Bowl in only his rookie season after having 7 100+ yard games.
“Philly will definitely be edgier. You know, especially because they passed on me.”