Packers 2018 Draft: Linebacker Malik Jefferson quick overview

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 12: Skyler Howard
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 12: Skyler Howard /

Malik Jefferson is a hard-hitting linebacker going into the 2018 NFL Draft. But would he be a good fit with this Green Bay Packers defense?

Malik Jefferson out of the University of Texas is one of the most intense and versatile players going into the draft, who the Green Bay Packers could also really benefit from.

Jefferson played at an elite level in college so there shouldn’t be any problem transitioning from college to major.

Here’s what The former Freshman All-American (2015) had to say about declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft:

In his tenure with Texas Jefferson racked up 12 sacks, and played in 34 games. In his junior year (2017) he led the team in tackles (110), and also had 10 tackles for loss and four sacks.

Jefferson’s ability to make the play happen and put pressure on who ever has the ball either it be over the line of scrimmage or behind is something you don’t always see from everyday linebackers, the Packers should take advantage of this.

His performance in 2017 earned him the title of Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big 12. He was also a semifinalist for the Butkus award and a second team All-American.

As of right now the main Packers linebacker core consists of Jake Ryan, Clay Matthews, Blake Martinez, and Nick Perry.

Jefferson is young and in it for the long haul which is good considering the rumors of Matthews possibly retiring soon, and Perry aging as time goes on. With the skills and willpower Malik already has there is no doubt he could become an even better player with the teachings and lessons from a veteran like Matthews or Perry.

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Malik Jefferson is a power house of a player, and a smart one at it too. If drafted by Green Bay you can expect to see a hungry, versatile, angry and determined player. The Packers desperately need an angry edge rusher going into the draft and Jefferson looks like he could possibly be the guy.