Dallas Cowboys Round Four – TRADE- DeAngelo Malone – Defensive End – Western Kentucky
I was looking at possibly trading up for Sam Williams, and did a few times, but I would have to move up a little too early for my liking for Williams and I am not crazy about him in the third and have Malone actually slightly higher. Instead, I saw he was still available with the Ravens at pick 119 and gave up my fourth, traded one of my fifths to fall back to near the end of the round, and picked up a sixth.
Malone is so fast on the edge and his bend is really nice. He gets through traffic well and can convert his speed to power when rushing. His length is really apparent on tape and his long arms allow him to pull rip moves off well. He can change directions on his pass rush and get into small gaps to exploit a path to the quarterback.
Malone needs some size to hold up against the run at the next level, which will also help his pass rush too. His technique is far from polished and will rely on his speed when technique fails. Seen more as a pass rush specialist he may be a part of a rotation while he adds some size and polish to his game. It fits with how the Cowboys have addressed the edge thus far.