2018 NFL Draft: Top 10 LBs New York Giants should target
By Henry Buggy
#4 – Texas LB Malik Jefferson
Jefferson checks all the boxes as a potential franchise linebacker at the next level, but some evaluators are reportedly questioning his love of football, according to Campbell.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker racked up 231 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, and two forced fumble in three seasons at Texas. Miller has the Longhorns linebacker going to the New Orleans Saints at the end of the first-round in his most recent mock draft and expects Jefferson to “test off the charts” at the NFL Scouting Combine.
While Miller lists Jefferson as the third best linebacker on his prospect rankings, Kiper doesn’t view the Longhorns linebacker as highly. ESPN’s lead draft analyst ranks Jefferson as the ninth best outside linebacker.
Jefferson has been on the NFL’s radar since his impressive freshman season and arguably has the most to gain or lose during the draft evaluation process. With the right head coach and defensive coordinator Jefferson could flourish at the next level.