Cincinnati Bengals: Answers to the linebacker problem
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.