Maryland’s Quinton Jefferson was added to the 2016 Senior Bowl roster as a fourth-year junior graduate on Thursday, giving the defensive tackle an early chance to impress pro scouts after declaring for the NFL draft last month.
Jefferson, who won a medical redshirt last April after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2014, emerged as one of the Big Ten’s most productive defensive lineman during Maryland’s dismal 2015 campaign. He finished with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, among 39 total tackles. He also registered an interception, blocked kick, forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The 6-foot-3, 287-pound Jefferson is currently rated as the 12th-best defensive tackle in this year’s draft class, according to CBS Sports’ NFL Draft site.
Jefferson will join Maryland cornerback Sean Davis at the Senior Bowl, which will be played in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30. Davis, who accepted his invitation to the event in November, is currently rated as the sixth-best free safety in the draft by CBS Sports.
Maryland will have to replace its two top defensive linemen in Jefferson and Yannick Ngakoue, who in late November announced that he was skipping his senior season and entering the draft. Both of those players blossomed under former defensive line coach Chad Wilt, who reportedly was hired for the same position at Army on Thursday.
Wilt, who was hired by Randy Edsall in 2014, spent two seasons in College Park after a stint at Ball State. Former Virginia Coach Mike London, was hired as Maryland’s associate head coach in early December, will coach the defensive line in 2016.