Alshon Jeffery, one of the top prospects of the 2012 NFL draft, will start his career with the Chicago Bears. Jeffery, a wide receiver from South Carolina, ended his college run on a high note. He caught a total of 183 passes for 3,042 yards and 23 touchdowns over a span of 33 starts in his three years. Jeffery joined only two other players in SEC history to surpass 3,000 yards receiving.
In his sophomore season in 2010, Jeffery led the SEC in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Despite dealing with issues at quarterback, Jeffery still led the Game Cock’s offensive attack. His efforts did not go unnoticed as he was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft, the 45th player selected overall.
Although his weight has been subject to controversy, his 6’3” and 212 pound frame will provide quarterback Jay Cutler with another weapon. In combination with recently acquired veteran receiver Brandon Marshall, Jeffery may be the spark that the Bears have lacked. No matter his weight, Jeffery plans on maintaining his physique and looks forward to playing between the 215-220 lbs. range.
Jeffery spoke with Pro Player Insiders at the NFLPA rookie premiere, where the NFL’s newest rookies got to mingle and attend events such as card signings, celebrity flag football, and charity events. As far as hanging out with his fellow rookies, Jerffery says, “We’ve done a lot of that. Just hanging out. Some of them we did know, some of them we didn’t know. We’re just building relationships.”
He added that he has just been “enjoying the practice here and there, signing cards, and just having fun.”
A highly decorated rookie, Jeffery’s stellar performances at South Carolina will make him a vital part of the Bears’ offense. Jeffery was All SEC two years in row, a Biletnikoff finalist in 2010, and first-team All American in 2010. As team caption, Jeffery holds South Carolina records in single season receptions, single season receiving yards, career receiving yards, career receiving touchdown, and career 100-yard receiving games.
With Jeffery’s stellar college performance, his speed and good hands; he is sure to NOT go unnoticed in helping the Bears start the 2012 season strong.
Written By Cheri Chang
Interview By Melissa Mahler