2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Warren Jeffrey
Warren Jeffrey - LD
Hometown: Mimico, Ontario
School: Vermont (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Orangeville Northmen & Mimico Mountaineers (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
"An interesting contrast to Garlent, Jeffrey is much more physical and focused on the defensive end of the floor. While he’s not a big scoring threat, Jeffrey was good in his rookie MSL season this summer at making the critical first pass out of the defensive zone. He also showed admirable discipline while playing his usual tough defence.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
“Jeffery is big, strong, athletic and mean. Four attributes that any NLL GM would love to have on their back end. One knock on the Mimico Mountaineer Jr A grad’s game was his lack of discipline and his stick skills, but this past season with Brampton, Jeffery managed to play his tenacious and aggressive game while only collecting 3 penalties. He also was incredibly effective in moving the ball up the floor to his extremely potent offence this summer.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 5th overall - Halifax Thunderbirds
As Stamper eluded to above, any team thats picking Jeffrey knows exactly what they’re getting and that’s a meat and potatoes, no nonsense rearguard who takes care of his own end first and foremost.
From being able to watch him first hand during the Mimico Mountaineers’ run to the Minto Cup, he’s not someone that opposing forwards are going to have a fun time going up against.
He proved his ability to get under the skin of his opponent in Major League Lacrosse this summer. Jeffrey managed to get into a fight — a real fist fight — in a field lacrosse game with Georgia Swarm star Randy Staats, who was playing for the Atlanta Blaze.
2019 was Jeffrey’s first full summer of top-level box lacrosse. He’d spent his junior years with Orangeville first before making his mark with Mimico. In 47 career Junior A games, he had just a single goal and 25 points.
He would get his shot in the MSL after being selected second overall by the Brampton Excelsiors in the 2019 Draft. This year, his lone point was a goal. He focused solely on being a rock on the back end for a Brampton squad which was one of the youngest in the league. He’ll look to do the exact same with the team he lands with the team that takes him in the 2019 NLL Draft.
Halifax needs to rebuild their core on the defensive side of the ball. They do have the reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Graeme Hossack in the lineup every night as well as Jake Withers, who is already one of the best faceoff and defensive players in the league. With that in mind, the guy they take with this pick — assuming its a defender — won’t have to be the top shutdown guy right out of the gates.
The Thunderbirds are buidling a solid young core of defenders that already features Luc Magnan, James Barclay, Brad Gilles, Colton Armstrong and Darryl Robertson. Adding Jeffrey into the fold will just further cement that the Thuderbirds’ defence is one that opposing teams can’t sleep on in 2020.