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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: VJ Malo, DL, Portland State University

VJ Malo the star pass rusher from Portland State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
VJ Malo the star pass rusher from Portland State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: VJ Malo
  • Position: DL
  • College: Portland State University
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 265 lbs
  • Twitter: @malo_ws
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What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I loved it ever since I was a young kid, loved the aggression and everything about it, good way to escape everything going on in the world.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

This past season with Portland State, my first season playing division one football and I exceeded expectations and also in high school winning state.

What sets you apart from other defensive linemen?

I think my IQ of the game recognizing blocks and where offensive linemen go and the way I move and the ability to be twitchy.

What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I bring all of it, hard nosed blue collar football ready to put it all on the line for my and let everyone know that.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Definitely Aaron Donald, I feel like we have alot of similarities and I could learn alot of things from him and keys to the game.

How do you prepare for games?

With a whole lot of film and break down the opponent and know what I gotta do and go out there and do it.

What should we know about VJ Malo the person?

He’s a stand up dude, a good person, he’s a hardworking person, willing to do whatever the team needs to win if they need it done I’ll do it.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

I can play anywhere in any scheme it doesn’t matter, anywhere I play on the field I’m going to produce.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

Through perseverance, I found the best way to deal with it is to stay consistent.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would get somebody willing to do anything for the team and wanting to produce for the team.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

Mostly winning games, win more games than Portland State has ever won in a season, have a great senior season and taking it one game at a time.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

D’Angalo Titialii, he was a freshman last year heading into his sophomore season this year and just going at it in practice with him made things easier in game.

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