2018 NFL Draft: Updated top 25 targets for New York Giants
By Henry Buggy
#21 – Texas LB Malik Jefferson
Somehow Jefferson seems to have slipped down draft analysts’ big board despite an impressive junior season in Austin. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker recorded 110 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, and four sacks in 2017, and has already announced his decision to enter the 2018 draft.
Kiper has Jefferson listed as the ninth best outside linebacker in his prospect rankings. Miller, on the other hand, has the Longhorns linebacker listed as the second best prospect at his position and writes that Jefferson is the best pass coverage linebacker.
McShay wrote last month that Jefferson could use another year of development but also noted that “he has NFL size and an NFL skill set.” The Giants are still looking for a leader in their linebacker corps, and Jefferson could prove to be a steal after the first-round.
The Longhorns prospect can easily boost his draft stock in the coming months and may have the most upside potential of any linebacker in this year’s class.