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In 13 games played in 2012, running back Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 1,883 yards and 24 touchdowns, with a 5.0 yards per carry average. Jefferson was second in the nation with 144.9 rushing yards per game and chipped in another touchdown through the air.
Regardless of who he was playing, Jefferson produced at an extremely high level but is really flying under the radar, mostly because he attends the University of Nevada. He had games of 139 yards against Boise State, 180 yards against Arizona, 147 yards against California and 247 against Northwestern State, failing to reach the century mark in only three games.
Jefferson is listed at 5'11'' and 210 pounds, but has received little recognition for his play. He has a lot of talented running backs ahead of him on the draft boards and playing in the Mountain West isn't all that comparable to the NFL.
However, the Third Team AP All-American pick has a lot of upside and a lot of time to improve his status.
The Bills are set with C.J. Spiller at running back, but Fred Jackson's status is pretty uncertain, especially for the long haul. Jefferson would add depth to the position and be an upgrade over Tashard Choice for years to come.
He has a nice burst and explosive first step, but isn't a great pass catcher and is undersized when it comes to blocking. He would realistically be a special teams player and role player as a rookie while he develops his all-around game. The quicker he adapts to the requirements of an all-around back, the quicker he will get on the field in Buffalo.
A team can never have too many talented running backs, and Jefferson enters the 2013 NFL Draft with a lot of upside but not a lot of recognition. If the Bills were to draft him, it would be relatively late, but the kid can play and shouldn't have much trouble transitioning to the NFL.
All he needs is time to develop, and a coach willing to invest in him. Buffalo should be that destination.