March 18, 2007
Albany -- Albany State cornerback Marcus Jefferson isn't going to turn the heads of many NFL scouts with his size.
At 5' 8.5" and 184 pounds, the DB readily admits he's a bit on the small side.
But Jefferson is using other numbers to his advantage.
At the Rams Pro Day, Jefferson was clocked running the 40-yard-dash in a blistering 4.36 seconds.
Jefferson also bench-pressing 225 pounds twenty-two times, and showing off his 37-inch vertical leap.
His small stature didn't hurt Jefferson in college, as last year he was sixth on the team with 53 tackles, intercepted two passes, and returned two punts for touchdowns.
Those also happened to be the only two kicks he fielded all year.
Jefferson's agents have him training up in Duluth, and the Pro Day work-out came under the watchful eye of scouts from Jacksonville, Tennessee, and New York.
Jefferson says he'll do what it takes to make it in the NFL.
"I play to my strengths," says Jefferson. "I'm fast, so that makes up for being small. Just because you're big doesn't mean you're a better corner. I'm a dog, I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make it with any team."
And Jefferson says he knows what a fast 40-yard time can mean on draft day.
"DeAngelo Hall said a 4.3 made him a lot of money. I ran a 4.3. I benched 225 pounds 22 times. Pound for pound I'm probably one of the strongest guys in there. It only takes one team to like you. They'll pull the trigger on you, and I'm just blessed to be in the situation that I am."
The NFL draft is the weekend of April 28th.