Scouting Report: Malik Jefferson, OLB, Texas

Mesquite, Texas | 6016 | 240 | 4.52E | 2019

A high instinct player who darts to the football and can cover ground nearly as fast as he can scan it. His read and react skills are put to strong use on the edge, as he shows great patience dissecting the play, then makes quick decisions—usually the right ones. Occasionally he will get caught over-pursuing and will get too deep into the backfield. Another point of emphasis has been coaching him up to play with a lower pad level. He arrived in Austin as a highly-recruited player and started from the moment he stepped foot on campus. His sense of entitlement resulted in then head coach Charlie Strong benching him against Baylor in October of 2015. The previous week he had spent much of the second half against Kansas State on the sidelines. “I thought everything would be handed to me,” he said in November of 2016 reflecting back on it. “I had to realize you have to work for things.” He was moved to outside linebacker during spring of 2017 by new coach Tom Herman, who wants him to be more aggressive and physical in the new role. However, his sideline-to-sideline coverage ability makes him best suited as an inside backer in the NFL.

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2016: Played in 11 games and made nine starts … picked up starts against Notre Dame, UTEP, Cal, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas Tech and West Virginia … was third on the team with 62 tackles (42 solo) … made 8.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks … also had three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

2015: Played in 11 games, starting nine, missing the Baylor game due to injury and was limited in two others … selected freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and USA Today … also chosen to ESPN.com’s True Freshman All-America team … named honorable mention All-Big 12 and Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year … finished second on the team in tackles (61), led it in pressures (six) and was fourth in TFL (seven), while adding 2.5 sacks, three PBU, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, which he returned for a TD.

High School/Personal: Coached by Kody Groves at Mesquite Poteet High School … an All-America and two-time all-state honoree … invited to participate in Nike’s 2014 The Opening … chosen as the 2014 High School Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top high school linebacker …despite missing more than two games due to injury, along with three other second halves where the starters were removed, still recorded 81 tackles, including six sacks and 16 tackles for loss, along with two forced fumbles and four blocked kicks as a senior … helped Poteet to a 10-2 record, including a 7-0 district mark and an appearance in the 5A Division 2 area playoffs in 2014 … recorded 93 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a junior … helped Poteet to a 12-2 record … tallied 105 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, five pass breakups and four blocked kicks as a sophomore … helped Poteet to a 11-3 record … registered 105 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore … also played baseball and competed in track and field.

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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