Malik Jefferson: 2018 NFL Draft Prospect

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Malik Jefferson

Malik Jefferson will make a big impact for an NFL team in the future if the team knows how to deploy him. Read about Jefferson’s chances to be drafted in the top 10 of the 2018 NFL draft.

School PageTexas Longhorns Football

Position: Linebacker

College: Texas

Height: 6-3

Weight: 238

40 Time: 4.39

NFL Draft Board Analysis

The NFL Draft Board.

NFL Draft Board Potential

Malik Jefferson sits on the cusp of the top ten picks for the 2018 NFL draft right now. While Jefferson is a gifted football player, Texas might not deploy him in a fashion that highlights his true talents. That could change with the departure of Charlie Strong and new Tom Herman program.

Comparative Position Ranking on the NFL Draft Board

Malik Jefferson reigns from the top of the linebacker class on the 2018 NFL Draft Board. Jefferson is a disrupter. He sniffs out plays and spoils an offenses attack. However, the way he is deployed might not translate to the NFL. 2017 will prove a turning point in Jefferson’s 2018 NFL draft outlook with a new coaching staff coming in.

Film

Notes

  • 2014 High School Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top high school linebacker.
  • MIssed 2+ games in high school senior year due to injury.
  • In high school played baseball and competed in track and field.
  • Concussion kept him out of 2016 Kansas game.
  • 2015: Started nine games as a true freshman. Honorable mention All-Big 12. Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.
  • 2016: second team All-Big 12
  • Texas uses Jefferson as a rusher on passing downs for the most part.

Strengths

  • Active feet with track down speed.
  • Can stonewall a pulling guard.
  • His speed, quick play recognition, can disrupt offensive plays.
  • Instinctive player.
  • Can play any linebacker position. 
  • Can pass rush from the middle (A gap) or outside 7 & 9 technique.

Areas of Concern/Growth Potential

  • Concussion in 2016.
  • Pass rushing from the edge could you some technique.
  • Can’t overpower an NFL lineman at this point.
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