Malik Jefferson – 2018 NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Malik Jefferson

ILB

Basics:

Position College Jersey Number Class Scheme
ILB Texas 46 JR

Measurements (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

Listed Height Listed Weight Listed 40 Time Combine Height Combine Weight Arm Length Hand Size
6'2 238 4.57 6'2 236 32 9 5/8

Combine Results (* Denotes Pro Day or Personal Workout Numbers):

40 Time Vertical Broad Bench 3-Cone Short Shuttle
4.52 36 10'5 27 DNP DNP

Overview:

Jefferson finished his career at Texas, where he played in 35 career games, had 233 tackles, 25.5 for loss, and 12.0 sacks. He also had 6 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovered. He has good size, is a tackling machine, he has good speed, and is a hard hitter. He gets good pressure on the quarterback, and he is a good pass rusher. He creates havoc on defense, is a defensive play maker, and is a very physical linebacker. He is a very relentless defender, and he does not back down. On the other hand, while he has good speed, he does not have elite speed, but that does not hurt his game, and he has issues with bigger offensive lineman at the line of scrimmage. With that said, I see Jefferson being a 1st-round pick, likely taken in the top 25 when it is all said and done.

Strengths:

Has good size

Tackling machine

Sure fire tackler

Has put good sack numbers in 3 seasons at Texas

Has good speed

Has a non stop motor

Is in on every play

Does not give up on many plays

A hard hitter

Gets good pressure on the QB

Is a good pass rusher

Creates havoc on defense

Is a defensive play maker

Is a good cover Linebacker

Very physical

Does not back down

Is very relentless when going after the ball carrier

Does a good job of getting the QB and backs down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Weaknesses:

While he has good speed he does not have elite speed but that does not hurt his speed

Has issues with bigger offensive lineman at the line of scrimmage

Career Stats:

Games Played: 35

Tackles: 233

Tackles For Loss: 25.5

Sacks: 12.0

Pass Breakups: 6

Forced Fumbles: 2

Fumbles Recovered: 1