The reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year is returning to The Hill for one more ride, and I am expecting huge things from DeAngelo Malone in 2020.
In 2019, Malone totaled 100 tackles, with 55 solo tackles, 11.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
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Malone is WKU’s first league Defensive Player of the Year since linebacker Xavius Boyd and defensive end Quanterus Smith went back-to-back in the Sun Belt Conference in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end is one of the best players in the entire Conference. Malone wreaks havoc and causes some opposing offenses to start doubling, even triple teaming, his pursuits.
Malone burst onto the scene in 2018 for his sophomore season, recording 60 tackles (31 solo, 29 assisted) to lead WKU defensive linemen, including nine for loss, while adding six sacks.
In 2017, Malone recorded 25 tackles in 11 games. He was a beast in high school as well leading his team to a state championship in Atlanta. He was a first team All-State defensive end, and was a three star prospect when leaving high school.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
DeAngelo Malone is the 2019 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, and was a first team All-Conference. He finished with 11.5 sacks in 2019, and I am going to be honest, I would not be shocked if Malone finishes with even more in 2020. Malone is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL Draft, and he is super underrated. He stands at 6040 and weighs 235 pounds. I think if he adds another 10 pounds and can keep his first step, he maybe able to sneak into the top 100 picks. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner