Malik Jefferson Draft Profile

Malik Jefferson Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Length
  • Athletic
  • Solid in coverage
  • Better reactor than instinctive
  • Dangerous blitzer

Analysis: Malik Jefferson is built like an NFL linebacker with a long, athletic frame and good musculation. Explosive with loose hips and good speed. Has ability to range far and wide for the tackle. Covers ground quickly when scraping. Can access a second gear when he commits to the pursuit. This last season at Texas, Jefferson really took off under new defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s scheme which allowed Malik to play more freely, not having to think and then react. His tackle total improved from 60 to 104. Jefferson has the recovery speed to make up for slow diagnosis or mistakes in reads (something that happened frequently). Can be a dangerous A-gap blitzer or off the edge. Possesses man cover talent. Crowds and squeezing routes. Has seven career passes defensed. Strength to re-route tight ends off the snap.

Weaknesses:

  • Not as instinctive as you would like
  • Play speed
  • Block shedding
  • Knee bend
  • Needs to be more aggressive
  • Struggled with angles

Analysis: Malik Jefferson will never be confused as an instinctive linebacker.¬†Fails to feel climbing blocks and stay ahead of the traffic in his flow. Pursuit leverage inconsistent. Too often Jefferson will overrun or miss running lanes. Doesn’t seem to play as fast as he is. He needs to play with better knee bend, especially when taking on blocks. When he does take on blocks he is too passive, waiting for the blockers to come to him rather than forcing the issue. He ducks his head into contact and allows blockers to swallow him. Gets pushed around more than he should. Missing aggressiveness and alpha quality. Inconsistent coming to balance as open field tackler. Slides off tackles rather than wrapping and running feet to completion. Movement in space as zone defender can be undisciplined and inefficient.

What the scouts say:¬†“He was better this year because Todd Orlando (defensive coordinator) had him attack and run instead of trying to process and react. I see him as a better tester (Combine) than player.” — AFC regional scout

Size: 6’3 240lbs

Draft Rank: No.7 LB

NFL Comparison: Dont’a Hightower

Draft Projection: Rounds 2-3

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