Cincinnati Bengals: Answers to the linebacker problem

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to tackle Mark Ingram II #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Shawn Williams #36 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to tackle Mark Ingram II #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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WACO, TX – OCTOBER 28: Malik Jefferson #46 of the Texas Longhorns lines up against the Baylor Bears in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Texas won 38-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
WACO, TX – OCTOBER 28: Malik Jefferson #46 of the Texas Longhorns lines up against the Baylor Bears in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Texas won 38-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Malik Jefferson

Out of every linebacker on the Bengals roster, none of them quite have the potential of Malik Jefferson. Coming out of high school Jefferson was a 5-star recruit and its easy to see why. He stands at 6’3″ which makes it difficult for quarterbacks to throw over top of him. In addition, he weighs in at 240 pounds. This allows him to hold his own stopping the run between the tackles.

If that weren’t enough, by far his most impressive trait is his speed. He ran a blazing 4.52 second 40 yard dash. This speed could allow him to stop the run from sideline to sideline and drop back in coverage at an elite level. He needs work on reading plays quickly. Even so, if Jefferson can put all of his traits to effective use, he can be a boost to the linebacker unit.

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