Former LSU football wide receiver Justin Jefferson was massively snubbed by ESPN this week.
ESPN revealed their top 10 NFL players at each position this week and they somehow forgot to include Jefferson among the top 10 wide receivers in the league.
Jefferson, who was selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the No. 22 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings, had one of the best rookie seasons ever for a wide receiver.
The Louisiana native played in all 16 games for the Tigers in 2020, catching 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns.
Former LSU football WR Justin Jefferson is easily a top 10 WR
Jefferson finished his rookie season as the No. 3 wide receiver in receiving yards, behind only Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins (tight end Travis Kelce was also ahead of Jefferson in receiving yards).
Those numbers alone should be enough to include Jefferson among the top 10 wide receivers in the NFL.
After all, it was good enough for Diggs (No. 3 in ESPN’s rankings) and Hopkins (No. 2 in ESPN’s rankings).
But when you consider that Jefferson was a rookie and put up those types of numbers? That’s completely ridiculous to not include him in the top 10. Jefferson is clearly on his way to being a top 2-3 wide receiver in the NFL. He’s only going to get better from here (and imagine if he had a better quarterback situation….sorry Kirk Cousins).
Somehow, Titans wide receiver AJ Brown came in at No. 10 on the list. Brown played in 14 games and finished with 325 fewer receiving yards than Jefferson in 2020.
I’m not sure I understand what makes Brown a better choice than Jefferson.
Maybe it’s because the critics didn’t expect Jefferson to be this good this soon.
Whatever the case, it doesn’t really matter. Because it’s extremely obvious that Jefferson is an elite wide receiver who is going to be terrorizing opposing secondaries for a long time to come.