Malcolm Washington Pre-Draft Interview

Malcolm Washington (#2) played corner back for Northern Iowa University. Washington attended Alief Elsik High School in Huston, Texas. Washington was named the Texas High School Football 2013 All-District 18-5A Return Specialist MVP. In high school he played in 9 games as a senior leading his team in all-purpose yards with 617. He had 14 kickoff returns for 481 yards and 3 touchdowns. Also, returning 3 punts for a total of 30 yards and caught 11 passes for 78 yards in 2013. As well as playing football, Washington also competed in track and field. Washington 1
Washington played two season at Fresno State University as a corner back prior to coming to Northern Iowa University. Washington played in all 14 games and made 7 starts as a true freshman in 2014. He had 37 tackles and 3 pass breakups. Washington saw action in 12 games in 2015, recording 8 tackles and 4 pass breakups. In 2016, Washington played in 8 games and started 7 at corner back after returning from injury. He earned All-MVFC Second Team and MVFC All-Newcomer Team Honors. Washington had 26 tackles and led the team with 4 interceptions. In 2017, Washington had 63 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 7 pass deflections. When asked to reflect on his time at Northern Iowa, Washington said, “Northern Iowa was a great two years that I will never forget even through the ups and downs it was all worth it in the end.”Washington 3
Throughout Washington’s collegiate career he believes his toughest matchup was against Allen Lazard from Iowa State University. Washington had a total of 4 tackles that game. Going into the game Washington was preparing to take away Lazard’s attributes. Lazard is a player who frequently is able to get into the back field and make big plays, so Washington was focusing on limiting these opportunities. When asked how he prepared for the game Washington said, “I studied his technique and looked for any weaknesses that he had.”
As his collegiate career came to an end this past season, Washington is preparing himself to play in the NFL. Washington will have the opportunity to participate in pro day as he gets one final chance to wow an NFL team. When asked on what he is focusing on in this off season period, Washington explains, “I’m focusing on getting better as an all-around player come pro day so I can showcase all of my talents and make one team fall in love with me.” Furthermore, one of Washington’s goals this off season is to improve his tackling abilities.

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