Malik Carney

North Carolina
DL29

Prospect Info

College
North Carolina
Hometown
Class
VA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
251 lbs
33 3/8”
Hands
9 7/8”

Prospect Grade

5.24
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.73
Seconds
 
Bench Press
25
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.4
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

UNC coaches signed Carney, a Washington, D.C. All-Metro pick as a senior, away from Virginia and Maryland schools. He didn't contribute right away, redshirting in 2014 and playing in just three games in 2015 (12 tackles). Carney stepped up his game as a sophomore, though, starting 10 of 13 games played and leading the team with 5.5 sacks (47 total tackles, 8.5 for loss). He started all 12 games in 2017, again leading the Heels with 5.5 sacks among his 57 stops, 12 for loss. Carney was suspended for four games his senior year because he sold team-issued shoes for spending money, but he excelled when he was in the lineup, posting 60 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. The 0.81 sacks per game and five forced fumbles would have been among the nation's leaders, but he did not play in the minimum 75 percent of UNC's games to qualify.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Shaquil Barrett
Overview
Undersized but athletic edge defender who leaves you wanting more as a pass-rusher. His ability to punch-and-separate as a run defender and generate push as a bull-rusher despite his lack of size is a credit to his creation of leverage through efficient hand work. Carney's ability to play off blocks, slip them, chase in space and scrape with lateral quickness are indicators that a transition to a standard linebacker role might make sense. He has three-down backup ability with special teams traits as a Day 3 target.
Strengths
  • Well-timed, well-placed hands into blocker's frame
  • Extends and separates at point of attack
  • Able to play off blocks and make tackles
  • Forced nine fumbles during his career
  • Rakes at the football like he's starting a lawnmower
  • Able to slip blocks in space
  • Adequate chase speed to pursue
  • Smart and efficient with hand-fighting
  • Smooth drops into space to man his zone
  • Good lean into top of his rush and can bend it tight
  • Generates some bull-rush through leverage
  • Traits check the special teams boxes
Weaknesses
  • Undersized as NFL rush linebacker
  • Telegraphs his spin move
  • Is a bit of a short-stepper up the rush arc
  • Rarely beats tackles with pure speed to the edge
  • Comes in hot and misses sacks on T/E twists
  • Has up-and-down battles against tight ends
  • Gets his edge caved in by down blocks
  • Inconsistent recognition against misdirection
  • Play looked fatigued by the second quarter against NC State
Sources Tell Us

"Our scouts have a special teams grade on him, but I think he has plenty of ability to rush -- he just needs more work at it." - NFC defensive coach
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