Malik Jefferson will be one of the more intriguing rookies to watch for the Bengals this year.
Entering the NFL Draft, Jefferson was a highly regarded linebacker from a big-time program in Texas. He finished his college career with 231 tackles (26 for a loss), 13 sacks, two forced fumbles and five passes defended. His stats really took a jump in his senior year when he finished with 110 total tackles.
Jefferson followed that up with a productive Scouting Combine (even if it was hell to deal with). He finished near the top of the linebackers in the 40-yard dash, broad jump, and he put up 27 reps during the bench press.
While Jefferson has the ideal build for an NFL linebacker at 6’3” and 235 pounds, he lacks the instincts that would have gotten him drafted higher.