2021 NFL Draft: Jermar Jefferson drafted by Detroit Lions


With the No. 257th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson. He is just the third Beavers running back since 2000 to be selected in the NFL Draft.

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Jefferson declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 24 after a career in which he racked up 3,222 scrimmage yards and 29 touchdowns during his time with the Beavers. He capped off his Oregon State career fifth in school history in all-time rushing yards. 

He was initially forecasted to go in rounds 4-7 during the 2021 NFL Draft, but was one of the final picks in the seventh round. 

Jefferson amassed 925 total yards and seven scores on 142 touches in six of the Beavers seven games in 2020. For his efforts, Jefferson was named the Co-Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and landed on the All-Pac-12 First Team. His 226-yard night in the Beavers win over their rivals, Oregon, also drew national attention. 


The 20-year-old can make defenders miss, find holes and squeeze out extra yards, but Jefferson believes his good vision is his best asset. “I think I see a lot of things that other running backs don’t see, to be honest,” Jefferson told NBCSNW in early April. “So, I think that’s one of my best abilities and I’m going to play hard. “I’m going to play until the game ends, that mental and physical toughness.”