Malliciah is a defensive lineman built
with long longs and arms who has the ability to affect every play.
His size-speed ratio and workout numbers are what most teams are looking
for in a starting pass rushing defensive end.
He has the agility to play some OLB/DE in a 3-4 defense, but his impact
position for the next level will be as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense.
He has excellent speed to run players
down in the open field and make tackles.
His effort on every play is good and he is a head up, wrap up, squeeze
and drive tackler in the open field.
When he uses the correct techniques, he is strong at the point of attack.
When he gets double teamed and gets his
arms up, his reach is beyond the normal trajectory of a quarterback’s ability to
throw over him. Malliciah is the
type of player who gains speed the longer he runs and if you’re a running back
or quarterback outside the hash marks and behind the line of scrimmage, you
better get to the sidelines or up the field fast or he will run you down like a
lion attacking a gazelle. Malliciah
has a ton of actual and untapped talent; the team that drafts him in any round
will be selecting the sleeper, strong side defensive end for its 4-3 defense of
Malliciah has to get a lot stronger in
his lower body. He also has to learn
to use his length better when coming off the line of scrimmage because he is not
explosive off the line. Malliciah
must improve his pass rushing moves, his hand usage and be more consistent
defending against the run. He
doesn’t understand offensive line blocking schemes and can get confused at times
on how to come off blocks and attack the line of scrimmage.
He struggles holding his gap and shedding blocks to make tackles.
But, in his defense, when he locks his
arms out and keeps the offensive lineman away from his body, he can be very
effective at stopping the run. He
plays with good effort, but thinks too much.
Right now, if he doesn’t anticipate the run, he can be moved around
easily because of his lack of lower body strength. The truth is for a senior, he
played more like a potential impact freshman during the season, but he showed up
big time against LSU in his bowl game this year and was impossible for LSU to
deal with all game long.
Malliciah seems to lack the football
intelligence you would expect from a senior and the ability to adjust to game
time blocking schemes. However, when
this kid just comes off the ball and gets into the backfield, he is a game
changer. His size-speed ratio along with
his excellent effort and workout numbers are enough to think he should be a 1st
round pick, but his production, play on the field and leadership skills do not
match that athletic talent and that is the problem.
Is it coaching? Is it because
Malliciah lacks the ability to bring what he learns in practice onto the field?
I don’t know, but I do know this -- if the light goes on for this kid, he
could be something special. In his bowl
game, he played like a top ten pick.
He was dominating and in the backfield all game long.
He got off the line with good strength and was a disrupter in almost
every passing play. If the light has
gone on for Malliciah, he could dominate and become everything his size-speed
ratio and effort suggest that he can become.
He can be an impact pass rushing, strong side, 4-3 defensive end for the
team that selects him. All the
potential is there; it just has to be unlocked like it was in his bowl game.
Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart