Malik Reaves (#1) played cornerback for the University of Villanova. Reaves attended Duncan Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Florida. Reaves was a four-year football and tack and field runner while in high school. In football Reaves earned defensive player of the week 6 times. Reaves was also an All-State Honoree and named First Team All-Gateway Conference. During his senior season of high school Reaves’ stats were 31.5 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.
Reaves was an outstanding player at the University of Villanova during his four-year career. Throughout his career he accumulated 181 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, 1 forced fumble, 14 pass deflections and 4 interceptions. Reaves commented on his experience saying, “while being at Villanova it was great. I don’t have any regrets. Being there taught me how to be a better leader, worker, man, player and mature a huge amount.” Reaves is a talented athlete that can play in any coverage on defense. He has terrific vision and footwork when going up against opposing receivers. Reaves also has proven to be an excellent tackler when given the opportunity. Reaves posted 8 tackles against Lehigh and had an interception for 66 yards against Penn.
Reaves toughest matchup came against Keith Kirkwood of Temple University in 2017. Reaves mentioned, “I prepared like I do any other game mentally by extra hours in the film room. And getting extra reps I possibly could mentally on and off the field.” Reaves said after all the preparation he felt comfortable and knew what to expect come game time. Right before the game, Reaves would listen to Never Would’ve Made It by Marvin Sapp. Reaves was able to hold Kirkwood to 4 receptions for a total of 61 yards in the game.
Reaves currently ranks as one of the top cornerbacks heading into the NFL Draft. Reaves is very talented at his position and it shows in his game. Reaves’ ability to retain information on and off the field has helped him find the much needed success to be where he is at today. Reaves said, “I love the game. I definitely don’t let it define the type of player I am. I don’t think they can put a ranking on your heart, or determination.” Reaves will have the opportunity to find success on a NFL team when his name gets called in April. Due to his love for the game and his ability to work hard each and every play, I believe Reaves will be a talented young cornerback in the NFL.