2018 NFL Draft

Nigel Malone, CB

School: Kansas State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Manteca, CA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 184 lbs.
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01/09/2013 - Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and defensive back Nigel Malone have been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, the organization announced. Malone is a two-time semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back and two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer. He tied for team-high honors with five interceptions a year after finishing second in school history with seven picks in 2011. The Manteca, Calif., product also broke up nine other passes and was one of eight players with 50 or more tackles this season as he finished with 51. Klein and Malone are the third and fourth Wildcats to earn invitations to postseason all-star games this year as linebacker Arthur Brown and wide receiver Chris Harper will play in the Senior Bowl (January 26, 3 p.m., NFL Network). - Kansas State football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Defensive back: Nigel Malone, Kansas State, 5-10, 180, Sr., Manteca, Calif., has been selected Second Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Kansas State football

11/18/2012 - CB Nigel Malone snagged his fourth interception, giving the senior 11 career picks since joining Kansas State as a junior-college transfer last season. That ranks fifth on the Kansas State career list for interceptions.

11/17/2012 - Five Prospects To Watch in Week 12: Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State: So much of the attention dedicated to Kansas State revolves around their Heisman candidate quarterback Collin Klein that a sound tackling, ball-hawking Wildcats' defense rarely gets any of the credit. Going up against an explosive Baylor offense, KSU's defensive statistics aren't likely to be boosted Saturday but the tandem of seniors Malone and Allen Chapman could give Bears' wideout Terrance Williams the toughest challenge he's faced all season long.

Malone signed with KSU as a highly regarded junior college prospect and took the Big 12 by storm a season ago, posting seven interceptions and earning a spot on the all-conference team. He has three more this season (as well as 43 tackles and seven passes broken up) and has steadily ascended draft boards all year long. How Malone (and Chapman) handle the unique combination of size and speed presented by Baylor's receivers Saturday could go a long way in determining whether KSU remains undefeated and on track to play for the national championship. This game begins at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2012 - CB Nigel Malone returned an interception 55 yards, the longest return of his career. Malone ranked among the nation's leaders with seven interceptions last year and has two this season. Kansas State entered the Kansas game with two interceptions but had three against the Jayhawks.

09/22/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The defensive line was looking like a potential strength through the first two games when DE Adam Davis was able to generate pressure off the edge and DT Vai Lutui looked strong inside. Against North Texas, however, the line was steadily pushed around, as the Mean Green ran the ball effectively and also hurt the Wildcats with short passes. The Kansas State secondary also has looked worse than last season despite the experience provided by FS Ty Zimmerman and CB Nigel Malone. That group needs to begin forcing takeaways. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - Through one game, the Kansas State defense has not exactly positioned itself as a dominant unit. Playing against a Championship Subdivision team picked last in the Missouri Valley, the Wildcats allowed 418 total yards to Missouri State, including 323 through the air. Poor execution was all that prevented Missouri State from gaining an early lead with touchdowns, rather than settling on field goals that still kept a 51-9 outcome tight through the first three quarters. Obviously, permitting field goals suggests Kansas State was good defensively on red-zone opportunities. And it was. Missouri State only converted 4-of-17 third downs, and was 0-for-4 getting into the end zone after marching inside the Wildcats' 20-yard line. Still, this was an inferior opponent (at least on paper) moving the football in chunks, and with regularity, against a defense that bent far too much last season when the Wildcats surrendered 394.6 yards on average. In particular, the secondary looked either bewildered, or a step slow, or both, in pass coverage. "Take your pick," Snyder said when asked about his team's defensive shortcomings. "Get lined up, not letting somebody run down over the top of you, keep the receivers underneath you, distinguish the difference between run and pass, be able to support some of those underneath throws that we just didn't get to, mechanics." Whew. That's quite a laundry list for Kansas State to address going into a Sept. 8 home game against Miami, which is coming off a 41-32 victory at Boston College in its opener. "I won't say it's effort," Snyder added. "I think they played with effort. We just didn't react very well to throwing the ball as much as anything." - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Difficulty defending the pass was evident in the opener. Some of the breakdowns were attributable to the inability of the Wildcats to make the correct reads and get into proper coverages. Missouri State used a quick-strike attack to minimize any rush Kansas State applied, though pressure remains a concern, as does the interior push generated by inexperienced tackles. Better play from the secondary, however, is a must, particularly after CBs Nigel Malone and Allen Chapman looked shaky in coverage. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - CB Nigel Malone, a preseason All-Big 12 pick after leading the conference with seven interceptions last season, snagged one pick in the opener and was in on two breakups. Malone also forced a fumble and was credited with four solo tackles.

08/06/2012 - Nigel Malone entered last season as a virtual unknown, one of those junior college transfers who could pan out or disappear entirely. Malone enters his senior season as a marked man after leading the Big 12 with seven interceptions, a total that ranked third nationally. The Kansas State cornerback also enters this season on the mend after what he indicated was a minor offseason injury. Malone didn't show any ill effects Friday at K-State's media day but acknowledged his participation has been limited early in fall camp. "I missed a few (workouts), but I'm definitely going to come back pretty soon, probably in the next week," Malone said. Malone also answered emphatically when asked if he would be at full speed for K-State's Sept. 1 season opener against Missouri State. "Oh yeah," he said. "I'll be ready." The Wildcats hope so, because Malone was a stalwart last season in a secondary that had its ups and downs. The Wildcats surrendered more than 500 yards through the air on two occasions, but their 18 interceptions also ranked second in the Big 12. Malone was in the middle of many of those big plays. He won't catch any quarterbacks by surprise this season, though he isn't sure if his reputation will change anything on the field. "Honestly, I don't know," he said. "I'm trying to prepare the best way I can. I'm not taking anything for granted. I'm just going out there and doing what I do best." - Austin Meek, The Capital-Journal

07/22/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL TEAM (MEDIA): DB Nigel Malone, Kansas State, Sr/3L,...A product of Manteca, Calif., Malone led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally last season with seven interceptions, a mark that ranked second in school history and tied for fifth in Big 12 history. A semifinalist for the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award, Malone was a Second Team Walter Camp All-American, a Third Team Associated Press All-American and earned First Team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches and Associated Press. The former community-college transfer was named to the watch lists for the 2012 Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award. - Kansas State football

07/20/2012 - Kansas State set a school record with 14 candidates this preseason named to various watch lists for major college awards that are affiliated with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards, and the members have unveiled their preseason watch lists over the last 12 days, finishing Friday with the announcement of three Wildcats on the Walter Camp Award watch list, which tied for the national lead. K-State will have more opportunities to add to its total as the Manning Award, Johnny Unitas Award and Ted Hendricks Awards - which is not affiliated with the NCFAA - have not announced preseason candidates. Additionally, players may be added to watch lists throughout the season for their performance through the first half of 2012, much like Nigel Malone did last year. In 2011, Malone was not identified as a preseason candidate for the Thorpe Award, but was one of 15 semifinalists at the end of October. - Kansas State football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Nigel Malone, senior, DB, Kansas State, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Malone was named to his fourth preseason watch list of 2012 after earning accolades from the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Trophy and Thorpe Award, while he was also named to the 2012 Preseason All-Big 12 team. The Manteca, Calif., native led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally last season with seven interceptions, a mark that was second in school history and tied for fifth in Big 12 history. In addition to his 2011 Second Team Walter Camp All-America honors, Malone was a Third Team Associated Press All-American and earned All-Big 12 First Team honors, while he was a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. - Kansas State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Malone shined during his first season at K-State after transferring from City College of San Francisco. In 2011, the Manteca, Calif., product led the Big 12 and ranked third nationally with seven interceptions, a mark that was second in K-State history and tied for fifth in conference history. Malone, who totaled 16 passes defended, earned Second Team Walter Camp and Third Team Associated Press All-America honors along with First Team All-Big 12 accolades from the league's coaches, ESPN.com and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. - Kansas State football

07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nigel Malone, Kansas State CB , Sr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. Friday's honor was the third of the week for Malone after being named to the Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. It was the seventh honor for the Wildcats this week as Arthur Brown was named to the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy watch lists, Collin Klein to the Maxwell Award watch list and BJ Finney to the Rimington Trophy watch list. A transfer from the community-college ranks prior to last season, Malone put together a solid first year in Manhattan as he earned All-America accolades from the Water Camp Foundation and Associated Press after picking off seven passes, a mark that led the Big 12 and was third nationally. The Manteca, Calif., product was also named a First Team All-Big 12 performer by the league's coaches, ESPN.com and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Malone was one of 35 defensive backs in the country and one of four from the Big 12 on the initial watch list for the Thorpe Award. The winner will be selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football awards on December 6 on ESPN. - Kansas State football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Nigel Malone, Kansas State, CB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. A former community-college transfer, Malone was stellar during his first season in Manhattan as he led the Big 12 and tied for third nationally with seven interceptions, a mark that ranked second in school history and fifth in conference history. The Manteca, Calif., product was one of only four players nationally to record two or more picks in multiple games as he came away with a pair of interceptions against both Eastern Kentucky and Oklahoma. He finished his junior campaign fifth on the team with 58 tackles. Malone was a semifinalist for the 2011 Jim Thorpe Award and was a Second Team Walter Camp All-American to go along with First Team All-Big 12 honors from the league's coaches, ESPN.com and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. - Kansas State football

07/09/2012 - Top-five Kansas State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. CB Nigel Malone (5-10, 175)...Malone made an impactful first impression last season, his first with the Wildcats, leading the conference with seven interceptions. The California native spent two seasons at the JUCO-level and, although he isn't a big fan of the Midwest (which he has made public several times), he decided to transfer to Kansas State over New Mexico. Malone emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the Big 12 last season, starting all 13 games and finishing with 58 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and seven interceptions (one returned for a score). He earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and was a second team Walter Camp All-American selection. Malone lacks imposing size at 5-10 and 185-pounds, but he doesn't back down from bigger receivers and enjoys getting physical on the outside. He needs to refine his technique and show better balance in his backpedal, but loves to drive on the play and wastes little time attacking the ball when it's in the air. Malone does a nice job using his awareness to always be around the ball with the hands to complete the interception. He won't receive the publicity of other defensive backs in the Big 12, but with another big season, Malone's draft stock will be pointing north. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com