2018 NFL Draft: Malik Reaves

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Malik Reaves
Villanova
CB #1
Senior 6’0″, 200

Malik Reaves is an experienced corner that has shown the ability to tackle in space.

Malik Reaves saw the field early in his college career as he started nine of 13 games as a freshman. He played in all 11 games as a sophomore, 12 games as a junior. His play earned him an invitation to play in the 2018 East-West Shrine Game.

He allowed space against a handful of receivers and showed instances of having a hard time loosening up his hips. His first step was not always as quick as it should have been.

Reaves’ biggest strength was his desire to make contact. NFL teams will like his physical nature. He was able to help Villanova’s defense in run support and was able to limit yards after the catch with his consistentĀ habit to wrap up and bring down ballcarriers.

His experience speaks for itself. Reaves looks comfortable playing coverage on the outside and does not look like a defender that would back away from a challenge. He also plays with a lot of confidence. He attributes growing up and playing in Florida taught him how to compete and he believes that is why he’s able to play with confidence. His ability to start for four years at Villanova says a lot about what his coaches thought of him early in his career.

NFL Draft Round Value: UDFA

Reaves may have to go through the free-agent route to land on an NFL team. His competition level at Villanova did not do him any favors in the eyes on NFL scouts. HisĀ  tenacity may get him noticed enough to generate a camp invite.

 




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