K.J. Malone

LSU
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Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
Ruston, LA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
303 lbs
33 1/2”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.20
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.34
Seconds
Bench Press
15
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
29.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
103.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Malone nearly did not return to LSU for his final season, instead deciding to achieve a lifetime goal of becoming a U.S. Marshal after getting his degree in May 2017. He did return, however, to start at left tackle for the Bayou Bengals. Malone is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone and was a four-star recruit from Ruston, La. (the senior Malone went to college at Louisiana Tech). As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Malone played in five games as a reserve left tackle. He was the backup left tackle as a sophomore before getting the starting job in 2016 after Jerald Hawkins left for the NFL. Malone missed six games in 2017 with a knee injury, starting the first six contests at left tackle and then playing as a reserve in the team's bowl game.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Malone has an NFL frame and will check enough of the intangible boxes to interest offensive line coaches but he lacks the body control and balance teams look for from starters. He missed several games this season due to an injury and played in an offense that emphasized his weaknesses and minimized his strengths. He should benefit from a move to guard and better scheme fit, but average backup to replaceable starter may be his ceiling.
Strengths
  • Broad shoulders with wide frame
  • Carries girthy lowers
  • Has frame to match and maul against men his size
  • Flashes impressive power in hands
  • Built for gap and power work
  • Has core strength and base power to secure and finish once he gets defenders turned
  • Will benefit from full-time move to guard
  • Has lateral foot quickness and size to bang on slants and knock them out of the gap
  • Capable of mirroring along interior
  • Some of his weaknesses are coachable
  • Has practiced at every offensive line spot
  • Plays with good intelligence and considered easy to coach by those inside the program
Weaknesses
  • Plays with weight too far forward and doesn't bring his feet quickly enough as run blocker
  • Easily discarded by athletic opponents
  • Footwork is sloppy along interior
  • Lumbering when asked to leave his home base
  • Low connect rate on second level
  • Lacks reactive quickness to handle moving linebackers
  • The further he gets from line of scrimmage, the less effective he becomes
  • Plays with wide hands and an open chest in pass pro
  • Aggressive pass rush charges eat him up and drive him back into pocket
  • Needs to fix punch track and timing
  • Desires a career as U.S
  • Marshal and may not have long-term commitment to the game

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league