As a freshman (2015), Malik Jefferson played in 11 games (9 starts). Missed the Baylor game due to injury. Finished the season with 61 tackles (7 for loss), 2.5 sacks, 6 quarterback pressures, 3 pass break ups, and a forced fumble he recovered and took back to the house.
In 2016 (sophomore season) he played in 11 games (9 starts) recorded 62 tackles (8.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, 3 pass break ups, 3 quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble.
Played in 12 games his final season (2017) and secured 110 tackles with 4 sacks.
Best Position Fit
4-3 WILL / 34 WILL
Wraps up the ball carrier and secures the tackle extremely well. Was electrically timed at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash in high school.
Plays several positions well, but he doesn’t really excel at any of them. Lacks instincts and anticipation. Can take bad angles to the ball carrier and run himself out of the play. Head injury kept him sidelined for a couple of games. Can disappear in games. He doesn’t play fast.
Hasn’t developed any pass rush moves off the edge. Lacks the power to bull rush off the edge. Struggles to set the edge against speedy ball carriers. Plays straight up and doesn’t appear to have much bend to him.
Texas moved Malik around all over the field. He lined up against wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs in the slot. He played MIKE, WILL, and on the EDGE. The combine will be very important for Malik.
He needs to run faster at the combine than he plays on tape. If he runs well then his slow play on the field can be attributed to the mental side of the game, which is correctable.
07/03/2017 – Malik Jefferson mirror drill with Saquon Barkley
11/12/2016 – Malik Jefferson out for the game with head injury.
11/19/2016 – Texas’ Malik Jefferson to sit out against Kansas with concussion.