5-star LB Malik Jefferson posts faster 40-yard dash than any NFL LB since 2006

The star outside linebacker has elite speed ... for a wide receiver.

2015 Texas five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson turned in an outrageous performance at The Opening's SPARQ Testing (the closest thing college football recruiting has to the NFL Combine).

Officially, a 4.39.

That score of 145.65 would've ranked him second among last year's participants behind Texas A&M freshman wide receiver Speedy Noil, whose name is "Speedy." The record's held by 2012 winner Mike Mitchell, now a linebacker at Texas Tech.

One factor in Jefferson's high score: he outweighs most other athletes capable of turning in similar performance numbers. Weight is the only factor besides the four athletic drills (which also include a powerball throw).

At 6'2 and 225 pounds, he outweighs the high school version of Noil by 45 pounds. His 40-yard dash is comparable to that put up last year by 196-pound Alabama cornerback Tony Brown, his shuttle approximates 186-pound UCLA corner Adarius Pickett, and his vertical leap matches 190-pound LSU safety Edward Paris.

Jefferson's 40 time, which he shares with the smaller Mitchell, would be the fastest by a front-seven defender at the NFL Combine since at least 2006 -- Stanford 220-pounder Jon Alston holds that record, with a 4.4. It's faster than all but seven players at any position from the 2014 Combine.

All that, and he has elite linebacker skills. He's currently being courted by Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M (his leader, at one point), and everybody else. So, yeah, something to celebrate.

We'll have the full SPARQ results in this stream later.

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