BATON ROUGE - Of the 315 players graded by NFL.com at the NFL scouting combine that concluded in Indianapolis Tuesday, former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson finished 315th with a rating of 44 based on a scale that had a top rating of 100.
"Jefferson has serious mechanical issues that affect his play," NFL.com said. "He lacks awareness in the pocket and tries to rely on his scrambling ability too heavily, causing him to take bad sacks. There are many fundamental elements of Jefferson's game that need work before he would be ready to run an NFL offense."
The player that garnered the highest rating was quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford with a 97. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III drew a 95. Jefferson was unable to outscore Purdue kicker Carson Wiggs, who finished 314 out of 315 with a 44.7 score.
UPDATE: The story excerpted above has been pulled from the Shreveport Times website. A similar story has also been pulled from CBSSports.com's Rapid Reports section. The reporter--Gannet News LSU Beat Reporter Glen Guilbeau--subsequently posted these messages to his twitter account:
JEFFERSON CORRECTION: I have just been alerted that NFL.com quotes I used were made about players BEFORE combine. I apologize.
Therefore, Jefferson was lowest ranked player entering the combine, not exiting it. He did well in some categories.
Sorry I let you down yesterday. I'm checking, but I can't imagine Jordan bettered himself in combine from his ranking going in.