Alshon Jeffery’s perceived slide down the charts in the NFL Draft became reality Thursday night.
At one time projected to be a high first-round selection, the former Calhoun County and South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver went undrafted in the draft’s first round.
However, Jeffery could go as early as the first pick in the second round, slated to air live at 4 p.m. today on the NFL Network, to the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams were apparently targeting Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with their first-round pick Thursday night, but when Jacksonville moved up to select Blackmon, the Rams traded down to select defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th pick in the first round.
With the 33rd pick, Jeffery could give St. Louis the big target that it has lacked since selecting quarterback Sam Bradford with the first pick in the 2010 draft. At 34, Jeffery could make sense for the Indianapolis Colts, who selected quarterback Andrew Luck with the top pick in the draft. Cleveland, which picks 37th, could look to add a wide receiver for quarterback Brandon Weeden, whom they selected in the first round. St. Louis also picks 39th in the second round.
While most pundits predicted Jeffery’s slide out of the first round, it is expected that he will be selected today in either the second round or the third round which immediately follows.
Rounds four through seven take place Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.