Justin Jefferson: I thought Eagles would draft me, I’m definitely glad Vikings did instead

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The Eagles were second-guessed all season after the rookie wide receiver they drafted 21st overall, Jalen Reagor, proved himself vastly inferior to the wide receiver the Vikings drafted 22nd overall, Justin Jefferson.

Jefferson himself has some thoughts on that.

In an interview with GQ, Jefferson said he thought the Eagles were gong to draft him, and he wasn’t thrilled with that idea. So when the Eagles passed on him and the Vikings called, he was happy.

“Leading up to the draft, you know, they had all of those mock drafts and people sharing their opinions on who is going to go where,” Jefferson said. “A lot of people had me going to Philly. And, I thought I was going to Philly. Honestly. The funny part is, Philly was on the board and then Minnesota called me. At first, I thought it was Philly. But, I answered the phone and it was Minnesota. It’s crazy how all of that happened and everything. But, I’m definitely, definitely, definitely excited that I’m on the Vikings rather than Philly.”

Vikings fans are definitely, definitely, definitely excited that Jefferson, and not Reagor, is in Minnesota.

62 responses to “Justin Jefferson: I thought Eagles would draft me, I’m definitely glad Vikings did instead

  1. Justin Jefferson definitely, definitely, definitely out performed Jalen Reagor. What a great pick up for Minnesota.

  2. Justin Jefferson is a terrific player and nobody can take away what he did last year. In every area of doubt about his ability, he answered the bell. Kudos to him in every way. But this narrative that Jalen Reagor is some “bad pick” because of what Jefferson did is overblown. Jalen showed a lot last year- explosion, ability to catch the ball in traffic, ability to get off press. He’s smaller than Jefferson but can get balls that are 4 inches higher. He drew interference penalties from some of the best CBs in the league because he beat them with quickness and power. Jalen Reagor is a good player, and maybe one day a great player. He just had a more typical rookie year. We’ll see how it works out over their careers, but I doubt either team will end up with regrets.

  3. I guess the Philly fans will throw snowballs at him instead of Santa this year

  4. Didn’t want to come to the Eagles? Geez, your loss Justin – no rock, paper, scissors for you..

  5. Come on, why would Howie Roseman burn a first rounder on a productive player?

  6. I thought drafting a receiver in the first round was the ticket for a SuperBowl appearance. No?

  7. “I’m definitely, definitely, definitely excited that I’m on the Vikings rather than Philly.”
    ——-

    My man threw 3 definitely’s in there. That’s how bad Philly is.

  8. Yeah, we’ll see.
    After another season of openly cussing out Kirk Cousins on the field and plowing through another dismal, disappointing season, the losing culture over there tends to wear on you.

    Just ask Stefon Diggs.
    He used to talk up playing for the Vikings too. 🤣

  9. And Viking fans talk about how Diggs was annoying. At least he had a few years in the league. All this dude does is talk about himself.

  10. Howie Roseman continues to pick the wrong players year after year especially wide receivers. Until there is real change in Philadelphia including firing Howie Roseman you can expect the Eagles to continue to be bad. Eagles are my favorite team but they are just plain unlikable at this point.

  11. Jokes on you!! We’re thrilled to have Reagor and Whiteside instead of you (Jefferson) and Metcalf.

  12. You shouldn’t pay attention to any of the pre-draft smoke screens. The draft is like a poker game, but a big stakes poker game. Nobody is sharing their hand. There’s a lot of bluffing going on. Once in awhile someone will throw something in there that’s true, but that’s just to make all the bluffing more affective. But also, Justin Jefferson and Jalen Reagor are good players. One rookie year does not equal an entire career. I think Reagor will step up, and Jefferson will continue on the same path. Jefferson might prove to be the better player, but Reagor will be good, too. The Eagles were kind of a mess last year.

  13. Joke will be on him when the Vikes are wildly mediocre again this year and then either continue down the path of mediocrity, or blow it up and build for 3-5 years in the future. At least the Eagles in the midst of the blow up.

    Also, the Vikes haven’t won a Conference Title in 45 years.

  14. never ceases to amaze me how these guys burn their bridges behind them. couple of years from now the eagles and the vikings could trade players and he’d be playing for philly and expect everyone to forget he didn’t want to play in philly. the league has become like any other business, don’t get too comfortable at your workplace, you could be working for someone else tomorrow

  15. He was simply referring to the dysfunctional eagles franchise at present.

    But I’m sure everyone will be offended because that’s what we do in this society.

  16. It’s funny because just a few short years ago after the Eagles won the super bowl…Eagles fans declared Howie Roseman the second coming of Jesus Christ…not so much these days.

  17. It’s been my experience that you need to look long term to evaluate these draft picks. Jefferson looks to be the real deal. Have not had a chance to properly evaluate Raegor since he did not play a full year in a down year for Philly. Time will tell if that pick works out for Philly, and if Jefferson can maintain his level of play he had in his rookie year. Things have a way of turning on a dime in the NFL.

  18. Eagles fans used to give Howie a pass on drafting because his cap management was as good as it gets. But the reality is he has messed that up as well. He has drafted one pro bowl player since 2014 and that was Wentz who we just traded for nothing.

    I’m tired of listening to the Eagles PR department put out stories about how when he was a kid he used to make his own draft boards. He never played football and can’t evaluate talent period.

  19. Before the real heavy trolling starts-

    This kid is a stud (thus far) and the Viking offense was the least of their worries last year. There are no guarantees, of course, but I would expect the offense to be even better this coming year. Why does it have to be so hard for some people to speak to the clear and obvious truth?

  20. It’s not hard to find a productive slot WR. It’s a lot harder to find a true outside WR. Put Jefferson on a press CB on the outside and see how he performs. He sucked at it in college. So basically it’s comparing two different positions. Kind of like a NT to a 3 tech DT.

  21. Jefferson will definitely, definitely, definitely help our Vikings add to their collection of Lombardi trophies!

  22. eaglemd says:

    April 22, 2021 at 5:03 am

    Justin Jefferson is a terrific player and nobody can take away what he did last year. In every area of doubt about his ability, he answered the bell. Kudos to him in every way. But this narrative that Jalen Reagor is some “bad pick” because of what Jefferson did is overblown. Jalen showed a lot last year- explosion, ability to catch the ball in traffic, ability to get off press. He’s smaller than Jefferson but can get balls that are 4 inches higher. He drew interference penalties from some of the best CBs in the league because he beat them with quickness and power. Jalen Reagor is a good player, and maybe one day a great player. He just had a more typical rookie year. We’ll see how it works out over their careers, but I doubt either team will end up with regrets.

    ——-
    Ok now take off your homer glasses and be realistic, he never showed what your saying on the field last year all that your doing is taking his measurables and saying “he can do this and that” when the more accurate statement is he should be able to do those things. He had 31 receptions on 54 targets, only twice even went over 50 yards and never over 60, had 1 td on the seasons and fumbled the ball twice. The best you can say about Reagor is 1 of if not the biggest knock on him coming out of college was drops and last year he only had 1 on catchable passes for a 3.1% drop rate.

  23. Only one of those two franchises has a Super Bowl trophy in a display case. Clearly, Jefferson has no desire to see what it looks like in person, lol.

  24. Before the real heavy trolling starts-

    This kid is a stud (thus far) and the Viking offense was the least of their worries last year. There are no guarantees, of course, but I would expect the offense to be even better this coming year. Why does it have to be so hard for some people to speak to the clear and obvious truth?

    ———————————-

    Because your team’s quarterback is Kirk Cousins? lol

  25. I could really tell how much this diva enjoyed playing in MN by the way he screamed at Cousins.

  26. itsdraftday says:
    April 22, 2021 at 10:18 am
    It’s not hard to find a productive slot WR. It’s a lot harder to find a true outside WR. Put Jefferson on a press CB on the outside and see how he performs. He sucked at it in college. So basically it’s comparing two different positions. Kind of like a NT to a 3 tech DT.
    ————

    If you still think JJ is a slot receiver, you didn’t watch football last year.

  27. As a proud Eagles fan, all I can say is ouch! But, considering what the Eagles have become, I can’t blame Jefferson one bit.

  28. stellarperformance says:
    April 22, 2021 at 6:48 am

    I thought drafting a receiver in the first round was the ticket for a SuperBowl appearance. No?
    ___________

    Clearly, drafting a third-string quarterback in the first round didn’t get you to a Super Bowl.

  29. Drafting Jefferson was just another feather in the cap of Rick Spielman, the best judge of talent in the game today! Spielman has managed to keep Minnesota at the top of the league throughout his tenure, and not by accident! The vikings are the model that all other teams in the league aspire to. Not only do they have the best front office in the league, they have the best coaching staff and the top players at nearly every position! And most of the credit for that can be given to Rick! He’s set the stage for a long run of dominance that hasn’t been seen in the NFL before! All hail the viking way!!!

  30. Justin. Work, don’t talk. I never heard Jerry Rice say as much as you have throughout his entire career. He was too bust trying to get better. I never hear Larry Fitz yapping about anything. He just plays.

  31. eaglesfan290 says:
    April 22, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Eagles fans used to give Howie a pass on drafting because his cap management was as good as it gets. But the reality is he has messed that up as well. He has drafted one pro bowl player since 2014 and that was Wentz who we just traded for nothing.

    I’m tired of listening to the Eagles PR department put out stories about how when he was a kid he used to make his own draft boards. He never played football and can’t evaluate talent period.

    ———————————

    Bashing Howie is probably overdone. On the cap front, 2021 is an outlier and the Eagles will have a healthy cap situation next year. On the drafting front, no doubt he’s missed more than his share. But somehow, having higher draft picks results in better drafts more often than not. It’s just harder to hit on picks when your team has a lower slot because it keeps winning divisions.

  32. I’m old enough to remember when everyone said the Bills were fleeced on the Diggs trade. Well, I’d say it was a win win trade for both teams. Diggs would have been is usual
    Consistent self in Minnesota and idk if Jefferson would have done what he did in Buffalo. It seems to me that cousins experience benefited Jefferson and Diggs experience benefited josh Allen.

    I wish more teams would make such great trades that both teams were successful. These trades are fun .

  33. Reagor will be just fine. It has nothing to do with Philly. Every year you see players saying how happy there are to be in Minnesota

  34. charliecharger says: “Justin. Work, don’t talk. I never heard Jerry Rice say as much as you have throughout his entire career.”
    ——————-

    Rice never played in an era of 24/7 sports news and social media. But you’re crazy if you think he didn’t trash talk other teams constantly, except it was only reported by beat reporters in San Francisco.

  35. ThenCameBronson says:
    April 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    Drafting Jefferson was just another feather in the cap of Rick Spielman, the best judge of talent in the game today! Spielman has managed to keep Minnesota at the top of the league throughout his tenure, and not by accident! The vikings are the model that all other teams in the league aspire to. Not only do they have the best front office in the league, they have the best coaching staff and the top players at nearly every position! And most of the credit for that can be given to Rick! He’s set the stage for a long run of dominance that hasn’t been seen in the NFL before! All hail the viking way!!!

    ~~~

    Can’t tell if this is really good trolling or an extreme Homer comment. The organization is mediocre. They will have a good season followed by a bad one. They will draft good players but don’t keep them. They lock themselves to a marginal QB with a modest price tag but guaranteed the whole contract.

    Not really sure if this is the model other teams want to follow.

    Now… compared to Philly, it gets a gold star.

  36. Viking Fan Blames Officials…..Everybody Drink says:
    April 22, 2021 at 7:15 am
    Yeah, we’ll see
    ———-
    Funny the emoji troll was openly campaigning for the packers to take him. But Jordan Love was what earned them their playoff participation ribbon this year.

  37. Why would anyone want to go to the Vikings with their 60 years of futility?

  38. I will say one thing, it’s a damn good thing the Vikings drafted Justin Jefferson last April.
    Can you just imagine how bad this garbage 7 win team would’ve been without him?

  39. Too bad that Jefferson is going to be me Moss 2.0 where he is talented but will never win a Super Bowl.

  40. Howie Roseman continues to pick the wrong players year after year especially wide receivers. Until there is real change in Philadelphia including firing Howie Roseman you can expect the Eagles to continue to be bad. Eagles are my favorite team but they are just plain unlikable at this point.
    —–
    If the Eagles are your favorite team and are unlikable I would love to hear your thoughts on the Jets.

  41. I read the full story and don’t recall him saying that he never wanted to come to Philadelphia. He was even looking for houses in the area befoe the draft. AFTER he was instead drafted by the Vikings he was then of course “happy” that they took him instead, as if he would say anything else right now. All these guys get upset when they perceive that they got passed over and swear revenge, etc. I wouldn’t look too deep into it.

  42. Judging a draft in hindsight is pointless. It’s like saying Brady should’ve been a first round pick – no one knew at the time, and predicting success at the NFL level is more voodoo than science, or else all the analytics guys would be spot on all the time.

  43. AFW says:
    April 22, 2021 at 3:29 pm
    Judging a draft in hindsight is pointless. It’s like saying Brady should’ve been a first round pick – no one knew at the time, and predicting success at the NFL level is more voodoo than science, or else all the analytics guys would be spot on all the time.

    ~~~

    Judging a draft in hindsight has value.

    Judging the draft before it happens only reflects what Mel Kiper and his coworkers think.

    Judging it as it happens only shows that a team knows where the holes in the roster are.

    Judging it in hindsight shows how well teams evaluated college players and finding the right one to fit their schemes.

    Yes, Brady now looks like he should have gone in the first round. In hindsight every team missed that. And the ones who learned from that mistake have changed how they are evaluating college players.

  44. charliecharger says:
    April 22, 2021 at 12:36 pm
    Justin. Work, don’t talk. I never heard Jerry Rice say as much as you have throughout his entire career. /////////// Then you never paid attention. Ask jerry what he thinks of himself today. He will be happy to tell you he is the best that ever played. Of course, I think that would be Moss, but, whatever.

  45. Both teams did fine. Meanwhile, the Packers’ 1st-round pick sat on the bench the whole year, watching uselessly while they were one more good offensive weapon away from very plausibly reaching or winning the Super Bowl.

    (This is the kind of thing one would usually see posted back and forth by Packers-Vikings trolls, but I’m posting it as a Cowboys fan who hates to see crappy draft choices and great QBs go to waste.)

  46. vanhelia says:
    April 22, 2021 at 11:11 am
    Before the real heavy trolling starts-

    This kid is a stud (thus far) and the Viking offense was the least of their worries last year. There are no guarantees, of course, but I would expect the offense to be even better this coming year. Why does it have to be so hard for some people to speak to the clear and obvious truth?

    ———————————-

    Because your team’s quarterback is Kirk Cousins? lol

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    My team’s quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. I just happen to be a sane adult.

  47. The Eagles GM and owner are the reasons why he wasn’t selected. You can’t fix dumb.

  48. Considering the last wr the vikings drafted in the 1st round i can understand the hype.

  49. People forget that Reagor got hurt in TC and wasn’t really himself well into the season.

    People have also forgotten that Reagor had a trainwreck of a QB throwing the ball in his vicinity last year.

    Funny how well they remembered how bad Wentz was when he was wearing midnight green, but now that Frank Reich is going to save his career, Reagor’s lousy rookie season was all Reagor’s fault.

  50. Howie had Spielman over a barrel when Bridgewater went down a week before the season-opener, questionable to ever play again, and soaked him for a first-round pick for Sam Bradford. He used that pick on Derek Barnett, so didn’t ultimately get much. Spielman got him back the next round by jumping him for Dalvin Cook, who turned out to be a better pick than Barnett, and worthy of the first-round pick Spielman gave up for Bradford.

    And then Howie so kindly let Justin Jefferson fall to Spielman last year. The video of Spielman and Company laughing after the Eagles announced their pick was priceless.

  51. Yeah, he may end up regretting those words. Never know who you’ll end up with or who you’ll work with. Not that I blame him for the opinion…we are a mess right now.

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