Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Using Dwayne Jarrett as an example is just so off-base it's crazy.
Jarrett had documented terrible practice habits, a legitimate lack of care at times, and was known to have some attitude problems. His work ethic was beyond poor. He wasn't just a failure because of those things either, but they contributed. Jarrett, despite his size, lacked NFL-caliber strength, so not only was he zero threat after the catch because he couldn't break or elude tackles, he had no ability to separate from press-coverage and get off jams at the line of scrimmage. Put that together with no speed, 4.62 (Pro Day) - 4.7 range, and you've got a receiver that not only cannot get downfield, but he can't even break away from defenders when he does get the ball. You get a guy that overall simply doesn't have the collective pieces to succeed in the NFL.. and unfortunately, nor the desire to work to even attempt to attain any of them.
I am well-document as not the biggest fan of Jeffery, but to compare him to Jarrett is silly. They are nothing alike aside from having size and being good college players. Jeffery has many strengths that Dwayne never had.
Jefferey has never had a lousy work ethic reputation and it is often reported over here that he is one of the first in last out type players. There is a bunch of bad information that has created an unfair stigma of him which has further perpetuated false opinions of him. That being said, he's a good kid but not my first choice of players in this draft.
Also, Jefferey has spent his life being double covered in SEC play. Garcia was garbage in the beginning of the season and Shaw was raw when he took over (basically a running QB). Once Shaw started to develop, Jefferey's production followed along.