|No. 28 – Detroit Lions|
|Born:||April 15, 2000|
Los Angeles, California
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
(Harbor City, CA)
|College:||Oregon State (2018–2020)|
|NFL Draft:||2021 / Round: 7 / Pick: 257|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Jermar Jefferson (born April 15, 2000) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon State and was drafted by the Lions in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jefferson initially attended high school at Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, California, before transferring to Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California in his senior year. Jefferson received an offer from and committed to Oregon State University in his senior year, while also receiving an offer to play football at the University of Southern California. Jefferson enrolled at OSU in 2018.
Jefferson became the school's starting running back as a true freshman and rushed for 238 yards in his second game, a 48–25 win against Southern Utah. Three weeks later, he rushed for a career-high 254 yards in a 52–24 loss to Arizona State. Through the first six games of his freshman season, Jefferson ranked third among all Division I FBS players with 865 rushing yards. Jefferson ended the season with twelve touchdown runs, 1,380 rushing yards, and was named Pac-12 freshman offensive player of the year.
Jefferson returned to the Beavers for his sophomore season in 2019. He rushed for 685 yards and eight touchdowns in his sophomore year.
Jefferson returned to the Beavers for his junior season in 2020. He finished with 858 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns in just six games. After the season, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|5 ft 10+1⁄8 in
|4.60 s||1.59 s||2.70 s||4.39 s||7.39 s||31.0 in
|9 ft 7 in
|All values from Pro Day|
Jefferson was drafted in the seventh round, 257th overall, by the Detroit Lions in the 2021 NFL Draft. He signed his four-year rookie contract on May 14, 2021. On October 31, 2021, Jefferson scored his first career touchdown, an eight-yard rush in a blowout loss against the Philadelphia Eagles that proved to be the only points for the Lions in the 44-6 loss.