Photo of Maliek Collins
Drafted By: Cowboys
  • Round 3
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 67

Combine Results

5.6 ?
  • 5.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.53 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"His production is not that great, but he'll be fun project for coach Rod Marinelli of the Cowboys. He has a nice piece of clay to work with." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 6'2" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 311LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


Not only was Collins an outstanding football player at Kansas City Central High School (first-team all-state with 43 tackles for loss and 15 sacks as a senior), but a championship wrestler who won a state title at 48-0 in his final year. That combination is gold to NFL scouts, who love defensive linemen who have used their hands to grapple on the mat as well as the gridiron. Collins contributed in his first year on campus in 2013, playing all 12 games and starting the team's bowl game (12 tackles, two for loss, one sack). His star power began to shine in his sophomore year, garnering second team All-Big Ten accolades and team Defensive co-MVP with 45 tackles, 14 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. Though he started 12 of 13 games in 2015, Collins' production dropped: 29 tackles, seven for loss, 2.5 sacks. Big Ten media members and coaches alike still felt that he made enough plays to earn third-team all-conference honors.



Explosive get­-off with good pad level. Has exceptional lateral movement and overall athleticism for the position. Moved around defensive line as rusher and allowed to stand to maximize athleticism as twister. Good coordination between hands and feet. Strong jump­ step and club move inside is his go-­to rush. Flashes an impressive ceiling when it's clicking for him. Initial quickness opens door for disruption. Plus motor with active hands.


Has very little scheme or position flexibility. Ends up on the ground all the time. Impact production doesn't match the athletic ability and talent. Square rusher missing hip swivel and upper body turn to improve penetration. Comes flying in as pass rusher on twists, but doesn't have workable counter­attack ready. Unable to stack and anchor against double teams. Doesn’t have play strength to fight back against redirect blocks.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2 or 3

NFL Comparison

Henry Melton

Bottom Line

Three­-technique with impressive athleticism and movement skills, but a lack of play strength to hold up at the point of attack. Collins needs to play for a defense that allows him to play up the field and should benefit from pass rush work with NFL coaching and teammates. Collins should test well which could push him way up the draft board, but his floor is lower than many of the defensive tackles in this draft.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster