The NFL Scouting Combine has proven to be a double-edged sword for top NFL prospects. Some have seen their stock skyrocket from solid 40-times or bench presses, while others have succumbed to injuries or bad measurements. Unfortunately for Florida WR Van Jefferson, his Combine appears to be over due to a troubling discovery.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, doctors discovered during Jefferson's physical that he has a Jones fracture in his right foot. A Jones fracture is a break between the base and middle part of the foot's fifth metatarsal.
Schefter reported that Jefferson will undergo surgery next week to get the issue corrected. As a result, he is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
It's a disheartening stroke of bad luck for Jefferson, who already had his work cut out for him just to hear his name called on day one of Draft Day. But an injury before getting a chance to run the 40-yard dash is likely to hurt his stock. Fortunately, insiders told Schefter that the injury shouldn't cost him to slide out of Day 2.
In four seasons split between Ole Miss and Florida, Van Jefferson proved to be a rather durable receiver.
He had his best season as a senior for the Gators, recording 49 receptions for 657 yards and six touchdowns.
In total, Jefferson had 175 receptions for 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns.
As good as those numbers are, the 2020 NFL Draft looks like it will be one of the most loaded classes for receivers ever.