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Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson drawing interest from Bucs, Steelers, Eagles

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Jermar Jefferson has already cemented his name as one of the greatest running backs in Oregon State history. Now, he’s looking to carve a path of his own in the NFL.

Jefferson was one of four Beavers to participate in the school’s pro day on Thursday, which played host to representatives from 32 NFL teams.

During his media availability, the 5-foot-10, 217-pound running back revealed he has already had interviews in the pre-draft process with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Here’s what he said about the potential NFL destinations:

On Tampa:

“Yes, I have talked to them,” Jefferson said. “I think about that this was around two weeks ago.”

 

On Pittsburgh:

“I had a meeting with the Steelers, I’d say, this was a couple of weeks ago,” Jefferson said. “It went fine. I did great on my interviews. He tested me on fronts and coverages and things like that. He said I did good.”

On Philadelphia:

“I did actually, a couple of days ago I think,” Jefferson said. “I think I’m a balanced back so I’d be a little bit of both. Some power and some speed. Probably really an all-around running back, catch the ball… three-down back that really kind of does everything.”

Jefferson 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.

As he looks to take his game to the next level, Jefferson is incorporating some feedback he’s received from NFL scouts.

“Since my freshman year, I’ve gotten a lot better at pass protection,” Jefferson said. “So, every scout I talk to, they already say I’ve improved in my pass protection and pass protection identification. One thing they’ve said they want to see more of during this past season is start catching the ball more out of the backfield, but I just played that today.”

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 said. “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.”

 

Jefferson could become just the third Beavers running back since 2000 to be selected in the NFL Draft. He is anticipated to be selected in rounds 4-7.