Browns: Top 5 linebacker targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 2: Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch
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3. Malik Jefferson, Texas

The University of Texas has been through a lot in the past few years. Coaching changes, losing seasons, and other turbulent times have doomed the Longhorns to mediocrity in the Big XII. However, linebacker Malik Jefferson has been an incredible bright spot through it all.

Jefferson is freakily athletic, to say the least. His incredible skill-set, when combined with his size and speed, makes for a stunningly good prospect. While his college production was not great, he has tremendous upside as a player and has almost certainly not hit his ceiling yet.

Jefferson’s best asset is his physical ability. During Jefferson’s draft declaration piece,‘s Mike Chiari noted his incredible physical attributes:

"“…he boasts ideal size at 6’3″ and 240 pounds, while also maintaining impressive speed and the ability to hang with running backs and tight ends.” — Chiari"

Jefferson is naturally a middle linebacker, but he could likely move to the outside if need be. Depending on what the scheme is, Jefferson can play anywhere throughout the linebacking corps.

Despite such exciting versatility, Jefferson did not produce like many might expect him to throughout his time with the Longhorns. Many have speculated that he simply does not have a love for football.

If that is true, it might be the only major concern to have with Jefferson. Should the Browns want to spend a day two pick on him, it might be a risk. But if he pans out in the NFL, Texas’s Malik Jefferson could be a total stud at the next level.