2018 NFL Draft Interview: Malik Boynton, Austin Peay University

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In today’s interview, I am honored to have Austin Peay University’s, Malik Boynton.


Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time Malik, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Malik Boynton: I’m from Detroit, Michigan. Oldest child of 4 children. Was raised by Kippriol Boynton and Pamella Boynton. My mother Pamella passed away from breast cancer in 2010. I just recently met my biological father Jeff Yates and found out I have two more brothers, Michael and Jalen.

Justin David Kish: You played your college ball at Austin Peay, can you tell us about your time at Austin Peay?

Malik Boynton: My time at Austin Peay was a grind. The first three years were as terrible as I could imagine but I stayed down and created relationships that I could never have imagined. This past year was the most rewarding year in my career. It showed me that loyalty and hard work pays off when you buy in and trust the process.

Justin David Kish: During your tenure at Austin Peay you were coached by Coach Will Healy and co-defensive coordinators Marcus West and Brandon Cooper. What did you learn under the of your coaches?

Malik Boynton:  I learned multiple things from all 3 of those coaches. Coach Healy taught me to humble myself and showed me how to sympathize and connect with people. Coach West and Coach Coop are great at their jobs. They know the ins and outs of football but They are also great life coaches. Coach West taught me that coming up with a plan and creating goals is very important. Coach Coop taught me to take life day by day so that you’re never overwhelmed with a task. All 3 of these coaches play a big role in my life and there is no question for the love that they have for every player. They all taught me that there is more to life than football.

Justin David Kish: Playing defensive back, you tasked with covering some of the top receivers in college, who was one of the toughest receivers you covered and how did you fare?

Malik Boynton: Kyran Moore and DJ Montgomery are the best talents I’ve lined up against. But as far as someone on another team I’d have to say Patrick Smith (TSU) or Khalil Lewis (Cincy) and Y’all can go check their stats, I ain’t gone say too much…Kahlil Lewis (4 catches, 41 yds) Pat Smith (1 catch, 8 yds).

Justin David Kish: Playing in the Ohio Valley Conference in the FCS you faced top-tier teams like Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, and Murray State. What was the toughest team you had to face?

Malik Boynton: The toughest team I’ve played against was Jax State. The proof is in the pudding, they have dominated the OVC for the last four years.

Justin David Kish: What would you consider to be the greatest memory of your college career and why?

Malik Boynton: My greatest memory is the win against Morehead State for our season opener. We snapped a losing streak and tore down the goal posts.

Justin David Kish: What does being a Governor mean to you?

Malik Boynton: Being a governor means being a part of a true family. Filled with genuine people.

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus onto the 2018 NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for draft-related workouts?

Malik Boynton: Currently I’m preparing myself for pro day and the regional combine by stretching, lifting, running, and fieldwork.

Justin David Kish: What is one aspect of your game do you consider your biggest strength?

Malik Boynton: My biggest strength is my knowledge of the game and my toughness.

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game you are currently working on improving?

Malik Boynton: I’m currently working on eye discipline and finishing plays.

Justin David Kish: Do you have the ability to command the players around you?

Malik Boynton: I wouldn’t say command but I have a knack for getting people to follow me. I’m a leader and I like to lead the way.

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team in college?

Malik Boynton: My team chemistry was great. I had a connection with every player on the team. Being here for four years I was comfortable and tried to make everyone around me comfortable as well. They voted me team captain this year.

Justin David Kish: What were you’re on the field responsibilities in college?

Malik Boynton: My on the field responsibility was to keep everyone in the game and rally the troops when we faced an adverse situation.

Justin David Kish: What does a typical day look like when you have time off?

Malik Boynton: On my off days I play 2k and watch football highlights. Sometimes I go hoop or put in some football field work.

Justin David Kish: In the next couple of questions I am going to put you on the line. My first question. If you could compare yourself to any current professional football defensive back who would it be and why?

Malik Boynton: My NFL comparison of myself would probably be Joe Haden. We are around the same size and we have similar athletic ability.

Justin David Kish: My final question. If I was an NFL General Manager why should I draft Malik Boynton?

Malik Boynton: You should draft Malik Boynton because he is a natural born leader who has made it through the toughest times of his life by the grace of God. He is an underdog who plays with a chip on his shoulder and will never shy away from competition. He is very athletic and has not even scratched the surface of how good he could be.

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