Malik Jefferson makes the LA Chargers roster
The LA Chargers only went with six linebackers on their final roster this year. That was down from the seven linebackers they kept last year (Nwosu was technically an eighth linebacker in 2019). Notably missing from the linebacker group is former Texas standout, Malik Jefferson.
Jefferson had a rocky start to his career after being drafted in the third round by Cincinnati. In his rookie season, he hurt his foot and landed on IR. In 2019, he was shockingly cut by the Bengals the year after drafting him. He signed with Cleveland last year before signing with Los Angeles in the offseason.
Despite the tumultuous NFL career for Jefferson up until this point, part of me can’t help but feel that there is still a lot of potential in his game. He won the 2014 Butkus Award for best high school linebacker and was on fire during his tenure at Texas. 231 tackles, 13 sacks, and 26 tackles for loss show why he was such a coveted prospect.
Due to the Chargers usually carrying seven linebackers for the purposes of depth, it doesn’t feel like a stretch to say that Jefferson might’ve made the roster with more tape and film. Going back to 2018, the Chargers were interested in the Texas linebacker in the linebacker leading up to the draft.
He didn’t stand out in training camp, but his athleticism and play style might’ve been more visible in a four-game preseason.