Arizona State grad transfer Ellis Jefferson will be part of Major Applewhite's first team in Houston. Jefferson, a Denton Guyer product, should fit right into Houston's offense. He'll join players like Linnell Bonner and Steven Dunbar to give Houston one of the biggest, most physical receiving groups in the country.
If you don't know Linell Bonner, get to know him. He caught 98 passes in 2016 and 73% of all passes thrown to him. He's physical, good after the catch, and, most important, reliable. Dunbar is a lanky target who can stretch the field vertically. He averaged 13 yards a catch in 2016.
Now insert Jefferson, the grad transfer who was under-utilized in Tempe. He made 25 total catches at Arizona State in three years.
We assume under-utilized, because what we see on film gives up hope. Jefferson isn't quick, he's a long strider, but at 6-4, 200 pounds he uses his body well to create space. He could be a real asset underneath and give corners something to think near the line of scrimmage for the occasional deep route.
Jefferson does a very good job making himself available, under control, to catch the ball. He catches the ball away from his frame, and while he's not a threat to break things after the catch, he showed the ability to catch the ball in traffic. We love the way he catches the ball with his hands and doesn't allow it to get to his body.
The more weapons Kyle Allen has on the outside, the better Houston's run game will be and the more balanced the Cougars can be overall.