June 28, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • The Raiders will scout a proficient defensive participant in DeAngelo Malone
  • The previous Hilltopper has confirmed to defy the chances
  • Malone is prone to be chosen within the fourth spherical of the 2022 NFL Draft

The Las Vegas Raiders proceed to enhance their defensive aspect, and two-time C-USA Defensive Participant of the 12 months DeAngelo Malone might play an integral piece.

The surface linebacker is alleged to be on the Raiders’ radar, and the 22-year-old participant tackling machine is a high-impact participant who might mix in properly with the staff’s renovating protection.

Malone has confirmed to be a defensive demon, proving that for the previous 4 seasons with the Hilltoppers.

He’s finest suited as an out of doors linebacker however in an odd entrance primarily due to his measurement and quickness.

Nonetheless, his excellent effort and understanding of play prognosis make him an attention-grabbing prospect.

The one concern for Malone is his measurement though he has confirmed he might get by means of that in faculty.

In his senior season with Western Kentucky, Malone began in all 14 video games and racked up 94 whole tackles (44 solos), together with a team-high 17.5 tackles for losses, 9 sacks, and 4 pressured fumbles.

The 94 whole tackles that Malone racked up led FBS defensive linemen, the second time he had carried out so within the final three seasons.

As well as, he holds the WKU profession report for sacks with 34.

“Malone’s wiry construct belies his toughness and play power on the level of assault. He makes use of fast ft, a versatile body, and unusually profitable restoration stability to slink into playmaking positions within the run recreation. His rush is unorthodox and unpredictable however his burst to shut and fluidity contained in the pocket are precious in ending in opposition to cellular quarterbacks. His slender body will get knocked and he must craft a extra repeatable rush, however he’s aggressive and savvy,” NFL Community analyst Lance Zierlein famous.

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Though questions are within the air about his power and pass-rushing potential, the 6-foot-4 participant has proven he can defy the chances.

Malone confirmed this within the Senior Bowl, a purpose why he was named the Senior Bowl American Participant of the Sport.

On the NFL Draft Mix, Malone made an excellent account of himself by operating a 4.58 40-yard sprint.

He’s projected to be a fourth-rounder on this yr’s draft, presumably the Raiders’ second choice.

Malone is also an instantaneous contributor as a rotational participant on protection.

The 2022 NFL Draft will happen on April 28 in Las Vegas with the Raiders’ first decide coming within the third spherical at No. 86.

Deangelo Malone #DL35 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Photograph: Getty Photographs | Michael Hickey

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