2018 NFL Draft Interview: Malcolm Washington, Northern Iowa University

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In today’s interview, we are being joined by Northern Iowa Panther defensive back Malcolm Washington.

Justin David Kish: Thank you so much for your time, Malcolm. Can you please tell us about yourself?

Malcolm Washington: I am from Houston Texas, I played at Fresno State University before transferring to Northern Iowa. I’m into fashion, watching movies, playing games & watching Shark Tank. I love hip-hop music my favorite rapper is Meek Mill.

Justin David Kish: You played college football at The University of Northern Iowa. Please tell us about your time with UNI?

Malcolm Washington: Northern Iowa gave me a great experience on campus and off campus. The community itself is what makes it a great place because everybody around there treats you the same no matter what. They way they welcomed me in is what I will never forget.

Justin David Kish: During you’re time at UNI you were coached by Mark Farley. How has Coach Farley and his coaching staff improve you as a player during your tenure?

Malcolm Washington: Coach Farley is a straight up coach that is going to let you know what you need to work on and how you can fix it. As well as the coaches there, they each loved what they did as a coach and dedicated a lot of their time trying to fix whatever error there were for me as a player in order to improve. 

Justin David Kish: Playing in the Missouri Valley Conference of the FCS you aced off against powerhouse teams like Youngstown State, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State. What is one game in your career that really took you to your limits and how did you?

Malcolm Washington: I could choose from Southern Illinois game or the Youngstown State game. But I just played a solid game overall being able to lockdown my side of the field and also creating turnovers for my defense. I was able to get an interception in each of those games.

Justin David Kish: Being a defensive back you have covered the very best in the FCS. What was one receiver you covered pushed you to your limits and how did you fair?

Malcolm Washington: When we played against Iowa state I guarded Allen Lazard, we didn’t come out with the win but I had a solo day I made a couple of plays & also didn’t give up the bomb either.

Justin David Kish: When you look back at your career at UNI, what is one memory that sticks out from the rest?

Malcolm Washington: It’s hard to decide but I would either say my pick 6 or the Sunday evening when we got picked to play in the NCAA playoffs. 

Justin David Kish: What does it mean to be a UNI Panther?

Malcolm Washington: Being a UNI panther is a person who gives it their all through all ups and downs no matter the circumstances. Always showing great character and heart. 

Justin David Kish: Let’s shift our focus to the upcoming NFL Draft. How are you currently preparing yourself for the draft and other pro opportunities?

Malcolm Washington: Right now I am currently training with one of the best trainers named Jeremy Hills at one of the best training facilities in the country at OnnitSports in Austin, Texas. He is getting me into top-tier shape to be able to perform great on pro day.

Justin David Kish: What is one area of your game that you consider your biggest strength?

Malcolm Washington: Ball skills and cover ability.

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

Malcolm Washington: Getting stronger, the NFL players play on another level I have to increase my strength to be able to slow them down when in press coverage.

Justin David Kish: Name a point during your college career that you overcame adversity and what did you learn from it?

Malcolm Washington: My ankle injury, I learned that you are going to have a road bump somewhere in your journey but that doesn’t mean panic and give up. You just have to keep fighting to overcome the obstacle. 

Justin David Kish: How was your chemistry with your team at Northern Iowa?

Malcolm Washington: My chemistry with my team was very good, we got along very well through good and bad times it was never a bad vibe ever. 

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

Malcolm Washington: Absolutely I’m a very good vocal person.

Justin David Kish: Outside of football, what does a typical day off look like for you?

Malcolm Washington: Just relaxing the body, watching sports, chilling with my friends and family.

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

Malcolm Washington: Marcus Peters, his ability to play off and press coverage against the best in the league. His ball skills or playmaking ability he always is trying to make a plan for his team.

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

Malcolm Washington: I am a guy who wants to come make a team better. Be able to help or provide that missing piece that any NFL team is missing. 

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