Get to know defensive lineman Maliek Collins, signed as an unrestricted free agent on March 23, 2021.
Name: Maliek Collins
Position: Defensive lineman
Height/Weight: 6-2, 310
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Get to know Maliek:
- Collins, selected with the fourth pick of the third round (67th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, played four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2016-19) and one season (2020) with the Las Vegas Raiders.
- Collins has recorded 96 tackles (59 solo), 12 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, 86 quarterback hits, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries in 73 career games with 66 starts.
- During his rookie campaign, Collins saw action in all 16 games and finished second on the team with 5.0 sacks. In his final three games of 2016, he recorded 2.0 sacks, three quarterback hits and one fumble recovery setting up a 2017 season where he started all 16 games.
- At Kansas City Center High School, Collins was a standout wrestler who won the Missouri Class 2A state championship with a perfect 48-0 record his senior season.
- He also earned first-team all-conference honors as a both an offensive and defensive lineman in high school.
- Collins played three seasons (2013-15) at the University of Nebraska where he was named a two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection his final two years and Academic All-Big Ten.
- As a freshman, Collins earned his first career start for the Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl against Georgia. He then started every game for the rest of his collegiate career at Nebraska.
- Collins was active in the Nebraska community, volunteering his time with Uplifting Athletes, Make-A-Wish, Mad Dads and the Madonna Rehabilitation Center and making local hospital visits.
- Last season, Collins appeared in 12 games with 11 starts and recorded 15 total tackles (eight solo) with one quarterback hit.
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