2018 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about MALIK JEFFERSON: Texas, 6022 236 4.56. Junior entry and three-year starter from Mesquite, TX. After being named the nation’s top linebacker out of high school in 2014, Jefferson surged onto the scene as a freshman All-America. His career ended apart from the sky high expectations placed on him as he suffered through a few nagging injuries and never quite met the hype. However he was far from a letdown. He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2016 and second-team All-American honors in 2017. The versatile threat wore several hats and displayed production all over the stat sheet. Plays the thumper role very well. He can knock heads with a blocker, maintain his ground, and make the tackle in traffic. Is a steady presence between the tackles. Also uses his speed and light feet to factor in coverage. He diagnoses and forecasts routes very well and can maintain his assignment despite being looked off by quarterbacks. Excels as a blitzer and has made things happen behind the line of scrimmage all three years at Texas. Shows average-at-best instincts against the run. Also takes poor angles in lateral pursuit and makes himself very susceptible to cutback runners. He doesn’t play a reckless style, however he needs to show more control and savvy decision making in certain situations. His talent and ability to stay on the field all three downs will be attractive to all defensive schemes. 2017 stats: 110 T, 10 TFL, 4 sacks, 5 QBH. Edge speed:left 1.94, right 2.07. OSR:3/22. Second/third round. (A-32, H-9 5/8, BP-27, SS-DNP).