Malik Jefferson, ILB/OLB, Texas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 238. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2019): 1-3. 8/22/17: In 2016, Jefferson recorded 59 tackles with 5.5 sacks and three passes broken up. The numbers don't illustrate how good of a linebacker he was. Jefferson was highly recruited and showed why as a freshman contributor for the Longhorns. He totaled 61 tackle with seven for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2015. Jefferson had a bigger presence than the numbers illustrate.
The junior has a nice combination of size and speed. He has a ton of upside, and it wouldn't be surprising if he is in store for some massive seasons for Texas.
Kendall Joseph, ILB/OLB, Clemson
Height: 6-0. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.65. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 8/22/17: Ben Boulware got a lot of attention, but Joseph was the best linebacker on Clemson's National Championship team. Joseph totaled 108 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 3.5 sacks and one interception in 2016. He is a quick, solid and instinctive defender. Scouting sources say that they saw Joseph as the same as Jerome Baker. Both run around blocks more than they take on. They are good players, although not complete or exceptional. Jospeh is a good, solid player with instincts and could play in the NFL in the right system. He is seen as more of a second-day to early third-day prospect.
Cameron Smith, ILB, USC
Height: 6-2. Weight: 245. Projected 40 Time: 4.80. Projected Round (2019): 2-3. 8/22/17: As a sophomore, Smith totaled 83 tackles with seven for a loss, one sack, four passes broken up and one forced fumble. He started as a freshman in 2015 while totaling 78 tackles, three interceptions and three passes broken up.
Shaquille Quarterman*, ILB/OLB, Miami
Height: 6-1. Weight: 240. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Projected Round (2019): 2-4. 8/22/17: Quarterman was impressive for Miami as a freshman in 2016. In his debut season, he totaled 84 tackles with 10 for a loss, three sacks and a pass broken up. Quarterman was a quick defender with instincts. He could be primed for big seasons as a sophomore and junior as he gains experience.
Jack Cichy, ILB/OLB, Wisconsin
Height: 6-2. Weight: 233. Projected 40 Time: 4.77. Projected Round (2019): 3-4. 8/22/17: Cichy will miss the 2017 season due to tearing an ACL in the preseason. He could decide to enter the NFL, but is more likely to play collegiately in 2018 prior to going to the pros. Cichy was a tough defender for the Badgers in 2016. He was good versus the run and a leader on the defense. In 2016, the junior recorded 60 tackles with seven for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles in seven games. As a sophomore in 2015, he had 60 tackles with eight for a loss, five sacks and four passes broken up.