Derrick Malone Jr., ILB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Colton, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 230 lbs.
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Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A part-time player, Malone struggled to secure a consistent starting role for the Ducks over his career, but he was a valuable contributor on both defense and special teams.

Despite starting only six games in 2014, he finished second on the team in total tackles (85), adding 2.5 tackles for loss, two passes defended and one forced fumble. Malone showed inconsistency over his five years in Eugene, but also the workable traits that are worth developing.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: An athletic mover with smooth change of direction skills to redirect on misdirection plays and chase down the ballcarrier. Strong hands to finish at the quarterback. Mirrors well in pass coverage to float and knock down passes. High effort performer and routinely plays through the whistle. Smart and considered a high character player off the field.

WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent performer on the field with very few impact plays on his game tape. Needs to improve his breakdown skills to slow his momentum on the move to make open field stops. Too reactionary and lacks the anticipation to jump plays, too often waiting for the play to happen, which is often too late. Questionable take-on strength to play with the big boys in the NFL.

--Dane Brugler

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08/02/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: Derrick Malone, LB, Sr. - Oregon...Emerged to take advantage of his opportunity when called upon, earning Pac-12 honorable mention all-conference honors as a first-year starter...Opened the first 12 games of the season at inside linebacker while making appearances in all 13 contests...The three-time academic all-conference honorable mention recipient also was named team's most improved player in vote of teammates...Led the Ducks in tackles with 105 stops (45 unassisted) to rank seventh in the conference in addition to posting two-and-a-half tackles for loss and a pair of quarterback sacks. - Oregon football


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