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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Cedrick Malone, DB, Jacksonville State University

Cedrick Malone transferred from South Carolina where he was a super back. He can play LB and defensive back

NFL Draft Diamonds website has been providing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed things up a bit. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the draft eligible player. We hope to bring you more than 500 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right.  Now let’s meet our next prospect!!!!

What is your name?

Cedrick Malone

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0 ft, 205 lbs 

What is your position?

Safety/Nickel/Corner

Where do you play college football?

University of South Carolina/ Jacksonville State for Graduate year. 

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?

I 100% agree. The coolest thing I’ve done would be help with summer camps every summer since I was 14 years old. I also help with habitat for humanity as well. I believe that giving back to anyone in need is one thing I was put on earth to do. 

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

The hardest class that I’ve probably taken would be College Calculus. 

Where are you from?

I’m from Camden, South Carolina 

Who is your role model, and why?

My role models would be my mother and grandmother. They are the reasons I am here today. Growing up in a single parent home they taught me everything I know. Just to name a few things they taught me how to be humble, work hard, follow my dreams and have faith. 

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I’ve played Basketball, Football, Baseball, Track, and Wrestling. 

Did you play any other positions in football?

Up until the 8th grade I played every skill position on Offense. Wide Receiver, Running back, and my best position of Quarterback. I’ve always had a strong arm. I’ve also played Linebacker, Corner, and of course my natural position of Safety. 

At your position, what separates you from others?

What separates me from other’s at my position is that I’m very versatile. I can play in the box, in the post, cover running backs, receivers, tight ends, etc. I also think that my will power and blue collar mentality helps me on the field as well. 

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Some things I look for in the film room would be my opponents weaknesses. For example does he have a false step that will lead you to play and or tell you what play is coming. Just any tiny detail that will give me an advantage on what play may be coming or where they’re going. 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I’ve ever faced would have to be my former teammate Jadeveon Clowney and on offense it would have to be Bruce Ellington. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I like to compare my game to a few people. Earl Thomas because he has the total package. He can cover, tackle, and can make pay if you throw it deep. Another player would be Eric Berry. He is the total package and he can do it all by playing in the box and all over the field. One last person would be Tyrann Mathieu. His versatility and ball skills are amazing. 

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

The biggest obstacle would have to be growing up in a single parent home. Having to overcome and coming where I’m from, not many people “‘make it out” so to say so that would have to be my biggest obstacle I’ve overcame. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I don’t really have any pre-game rituals other than listening to music and taking a walk around the field before each game. 

What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength would have to be my versatility and how I am not afraid to do whatever is asked of me and I’ll do it at 110% at the best of my abilities. 

What is your biggest weakness?

My biggest weakness would probably be my soft spoken personality. 

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would tell them that If they give me the opportunity to be apart of their franchise then it would be the best invest of their lives. I will come to work everyday with a blue collar mentality and I will be the hardest working person in the building. I will consistently work on my craft and put the time in to be the best football player I can become. 

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?

Without a doubt Sean Taylor. Favorite player of all time. Him and Mike Vick. 

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

If I could have dinner with three people it would probably be Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, and Muhammad Ali. Those three have given back to this world in multiple ways and to be able to pick their brains over a dinner would be incredible. 

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

The first big item I would purchase would most definitely be something nice for my mom like a new car and something nice for my grandmother as well. 

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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