The Cincinnati Bengals are reportedly making a surprising cut at the linebacker position heading into the NFL's 2019 regular season.
Malik Jefferson, a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is reportedly being waived.
NFL.com insider Tom Pelissero first reported the surprising roster move.
"Source: The Bengals are waiving LB Malik Jefferson, a third-round draft pick last year. Big changes under new coach Zac Taylor and DC Lou Anarumo," he reports.
Jefferson, 22, was the No. 78 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Texas.
The former five-star recruit was one of the best linebackers in college football during his time with the Longhorns. Jefferson was a freshman All-American in 2015 and the Big 12's co-defensive player of the year in 2017.
Jefferson recorded 10 tackles in his rookie season with Cincinnati, though he made zero starts with the Bengals. The AFC North franchise is giving up on him fairly early.