NFL draft expert thinks Jordan Jefferson should not have gotten an NFL Combine invite

Dr. Saturday

Apparently LSU fans aren't the only one disillusioned with quarterback Jordan Jefferson.

Jefferson is one of 19 quarterbacks who were invited to this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and NFL draft expert Mike Detillier thinks that was a mistake.

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"I was surprised he was invited," Detillier told the "I don't think Jordan can throw accurately enough to play in the NFL. He has a strong arm. He's a good athlete. But in the NFL, you have to throw accurately from the pocket. Jordan struggled with that his whole career."

I think those who watched the BCS National Championship would agree. Against Alabama's stout defense, Jefferson completed 11-of-17 passes for 53 yards and an interception. But throughout the course of the year, Jefferson completed 61 percent of his passes for 737 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions and LSU (with the help of fellow quarterback Jarrett Lee) finished 24th nationally in passing efficiency.

However, if you look at 2010, the last time Jefferson started an entire season, the numbers aren't nearly as pretty. He completed 56 percent of his passes and threw 10 interceptions against seven touchdowns. He finished 92nd nationally in passing efficiency.

Since Jefferson struggled mightily against the defense that best resembles one he might see in the NFL, Detillier speculates that Jefferson has little chance of being drafted.

"He's erratic throwing the football," Detillier said. "He always has been. I was there when he was at the Manning Passing Academy last summer. He looked good there, but we never saw that Jordan Jefferson again in the 2011 season. He never progressed. I think he'll be invited to a camp as a free agent, but he will not be drafted."

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