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Speed rushers are in demand, which means Jeffcoat will be a sought-after commodity in the draft. Able to play end in a 4-3 defense or outside linebacker in a 3-4, the 2013 All-American and Big 12 defensive player of the year is versatile and skilled and should be selected in the first three rounds. Jeffcoat racked up 86 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks as a senior, earning the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end. His greatest attribute is his quick first step, allowing him to blow past opposing linemen. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds and completed the three-cone drill in 6.97 seconds at the combine, both among the top times for defensive linemen. He also posted a 10-foot, 3-inch effort in the broad jump, among the best at his position. Scouts are also impressed with his instincts and knowledge of the game. One issue for Jeffcoat may be his injury history, as he was sidelined with pectoral and ankle injuries during his time at Texas. He was also blocked easily at times by more physical offensive linemen, and must improve against the run. A bit undersized, some evaluators believe he's best suited to being a linebacker in the pros. Jeffcoat has NFL bloodlines, as his father Jim played 15 years as a defensive end for Dallas and Buffalo, recording 102 1/2 sacks and winning two Super Bowl rings.