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Chargers Host Former Texas LB Malik Jefferson

The uber-athletic linebacker could bring some needed athleticism to the position group.

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According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Chargers hosted ex-Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson on a visit Tuesday.

Jefferson is an insanely athletic linebacker that was widely known prior to his time in Austin as a top-20 prospect from Mesquite, Texas who ran a ridiculous 4.36 forty-yard dash as a high-school senior. He was also a Parade All-American and the High-School Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker.

As a NFL draft prospect. Jefferson is still an elite athlete at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds. At the NFL combine, he posted a phenomenal 4.52-second forty-yard dash to go along with 27 reps on the bench press, a 36-inch vertical jump, and a 10’ 5” broad jump.

After being named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in his first year on campus, Jefferson was named a second-team All-Big 12 selection after the 2016 season where he suffered through a slight sophomore slump. In 2017, he bounced back in tremendous fashion as he led the team in tackles with 110 (10 for loss, four sacks) and was named a second-team Associated Press All-American, as well as a first-team All-Big 12 performer.