Michael Jefferson

2023 NFL Draft Prospect Michael Jefferson Involved in Car Crash That Left Other Driver Dead

Louisiana wide receiver Michael Jefferson, who was expected to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft, was in a fatal multi-car crash last weekend.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the accident occurred on Sunday night on U.S. Route 43 in Mobile, Alabama. Per the report, a 55-year-old man in a 2014 Dodge Charger collided head-on with Jefferson’s 2019 Chevrolet Impala, subsequently causing a 2008 Nissan Maxima to also hit the scene. The driver of the Charger was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead by first responders.

The ALEA’s Highway Patrol Division considers the accident an ongoing investigation.

Jefferson’s agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday that the college football star suffered injuries serious enough to require surgery. It is unclear if injuries will affect his chances in the NFL. Schefter noted that he is “considered to be a likely mid-round draft pick.”

Taking to Twitter, Schefter informed his audience “Louisiana-Lafayette WR Michael Jefferson, considered to be a likely mid-round draft pick later this month, was involved in a multi-car crash Sunday night in Mobile, Ala., that has required multiple surgeries, per his agent Jon Perzley of Sportstars.”

A look into the five-year college career of NFL prospect Michael Jefferson.

He initially began his college career at Alabama State but transferred to Louisiana. In his last season with the school, the wide receiver caught 51 passes for 810 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Over the course of his five-year college football career, he amassed a total of 29 touchdowns.

Measuring in at  6’4″ and 199 pounds, Jefferson went on to record a 4.56 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump during the NFL Scouting Combine and was also invited to the East-West Shrine Bowl.

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Given his background and the current state of the NFL, the Bleacher Report pointed out “This year’s wide receiver class is not as star-studded as in previous years, but it is crowded with prospects who are ready to make an immediate impact that can be found in the mid-to-late rounds. 

Jefferson is one of them, and the hope is that his injuries will not stop him from achieving his dream of being drafted into the NFL.”

As more information is gathered about the nature of the crash, Jefferson’s future in the NFL will become more clear.

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