His signing leaves only Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard unsigned among Cincinnati’s 11 draft picks. Hubbard and Jefferson came off the board on back-to-back picks in the third round, with Hubbard going 77th overall and Jefferson 78th.
Jefferson left the University of Texas after his junior season. He finished his three-year college career with 233 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups.
In 2017, Jefferson was co-Big 12 defensive player of the year, a second-team All-American and a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.