Ahead of NFL Draft, Western Kentucky pass rusher DeAngelo Malone has seven visits and three private workouts

Western Kentucky pass rusher DeAngelo Malone, a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player, has several visits lined up ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Western Kentucky pass rusher DeAngelo Malone is in heavy demand and is regarded as a rising draft prospect ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. Malone (6-foot-4, 240 pounds, 4.54 speed in the 40-yard dash) is a two-time Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. He was named Defensive Player of the Game for the American squad at the Senior Bowl all-star game.

DeAngelo Malone is set to visit with NFL teams leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft just a few weeks away, Malone has visits with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons. He also has private workouts with the Buffalo Bills, Colts and Cincinnati Bengals, according to a league source.

At his campus pro day workout on March 31, Malone ran a 4.54 in extremely windy conditions. He had a 1.60 10-yard split. Malone had a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap, a 9-11 broad jump, a 4.36 short shuttle, and a 7.06 three-cone drill. He has bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times. The Atlanta native has 10 1/8 hands, 33 3/8 arms, and a 79 3/8 wingspan.

As linebacker and defensive end at the Senior Bowl, Malone had six tackles, including three solos. He added a 1/2 sack and two quarterback hurries.

“My goal was to come out here and play hard, play with a lot of juice and dominate,” Malone said afterward. “I feel like I did that. Just getting the invitation here was a blessing, it’s big for the program and my family. The experience was tremendous.”

Malone’s college career at Western Kentucky

Last season, Malone was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year for the second time with 17 1/2 tackles for losses, nine sacks, and 94 tackles with four forced fumbles. He set the school record with 34 career sacks.

In 2020, he had 11 tackles for losses, six sacks, and 71 tackles with two blocked kicks. As a junior, he was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year for the first time and had 99 tackles, 21 for losses, and 11 1/2 sacks.

As a sophomore, he had 60 tackles, nine for losses, six sacks, one interception, and two forced fumbles. As a true freshman, he had 25 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks.

He finished with 349 career tackles, 60 for losses and 45 quarterback hurries.

Aaron Wilson is the NFL Insider for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL.