Five things to know about new Rams WR Van Jefferson

The Rams used their second draft pick this year on wide receiver Van Jefferson, selecting him 57th overall in the second round. Here are five things you should know about the former Florida standout.

1) Pro football pedigree

Van's father, Shawn Jefferson, played 13 seasons in the NFL and has coached in the league as a wide receivers coach for the Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and is currently in his second season with the New York Jets.

In a Sports Illustrated story published last September, former six-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson called Shawn – whom Van credits for teaching him everything he knows – the best wide receivers coach he's seen in the league.

2) SEC veteran

Jefferson began his career at Mississippi, then went to Florida as a graduate transfer prior to his redshirt junior year.

In 48 total games as a Rebel (2015-17) and a Gator (2018-19), he finished his career with 175 receptions for 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns.

3) Another Senior Bowl product for the Rams

In the Sean McVay era, Los Angeles has seemed to make the Senior Bowl a crucial part of its evaluation process, and Jefferson is the latest participant to join the Rams.

Others include wide receiver Cooper Kupp, tight end Gerald Everett, safety John Johnson III, offensive lineman Joe Noteboom, cornerback David Long and defensive tackle Greg Gaines. Draft classmates Terrell Lewis, Terrell Burgess, Brycen Hopkins and Tremayne Anchrum also participated in this year's Senior Bowl.

Jefferson earned respect from opposing cornerbacks in Mobile, as he was named one of five South squad offensive practice players of the week at the Senior Bowl – a distinction voted on by the position group they competed against in practice.

4) Potential Day 1 impact player

A couple of weeks before the draft, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah tabbed Jefferson as one of this year's prospects who has the chance to make an impact right away.

5) Future weatherman?

According to his Mississippi bio, Jefferson was a journalism major with an emphasis in broadcast whose goal was to play in the NFL then become a meteorologist.

Welcome to LA, Van Jefferson! Meet the wide receiver from University of Florida.

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