As I look over the roster, I see players in starting/solid depth that were late round or UDFA. This makes me think the person/people involved in scouting the late round talent need to get a raise. (And never ever mention their name aloud, so they can never be lured away from the organization) The most current example of this scouting ability also makes use of the small school scouting. A.J. Jefferson out of Fresno State. Hit the jump to keep reading.
#20 for the Cards is currently running 1st string LCB, across from Greg Toler. This is preseason, but Jefferson has been getting plenty of looks, and performing positively when the spotlight is on him. Here is a link to a good article by Jess Root about Jefferson's top 10 combine performance, and as the old adage says, you can't teach (enter appropriate term here "speed, athletics, etc.") At 6'1", and 190#, he matches up well with taller receivers. He plays a physical style that Horton likes. Whiz has given him a positive comment. In the Raiders game he stepped up and made a few nice defenses against the pass, being in the right position. Again, his play in the Packers game was solid.
If the Cards can continue to evaluate, pull into camp, and coach up talent from the later rounds, the future of the origination's future is bright. As for #20, I expect see Jefferson starting for game one against the Panthers.
What are your opinions?
Will Jefferson be the starter come day one of the season?
Yes (47 votes)
No (3 votes)
Too close to tell (6 votes)
56 total votes