Thursday, August 1, 2013

Film Room: Cornerback Nigel Malone vs. TCU (2012 Season)

The Denver Broncos claimed rookie cornerback Nigel Malone off waivers on Thursday.  In the East-West Shrine Game in January, Malone shined, returning an interception 30 yards for a score.

Below is film of Malone from last season against Texas Christian University:

Malone's Wildcats won the game, 23-10.  Read my observations from the film after the jump.

  • Kansas State appears to be in Cover-3, which Malone looked comfortable in.
  • Malone does not seem too eager to stick his head into a lot of action, especially against the run.  But then again, not many cornerbacks do.
  • With that said, Malone does have a nose for the ball, and his tackling was satisfactory, with just a few exceptions.
  • When the opposing quarterback made his throws, Malone was fast to react.  Whether covering his man or reading and reacting to a pass in the flats, Malone's reaction time was notable (watch 3:00).
  • His short stature (he's 5'10") hurts when receivers are in front of him.  At the 1:55 mark, Malone is in position to make a play on the ball, but his arms are not long enough to get around the receiver and break up the pass.
  • When trying to shed a block, Malone did a good job of setting the edge and forcing ball carries to stay inside, allowing the linebackers and additional defensive backs to make the tackle (watch 1:32, 2:50, and 3:45).
The Broncos will hold a practice session tomorrow morning (10:25 a.m) at Dove Valley.  If Malone is unable to attend tomorrow, he will likely debut as a Bronco on Saturday when Denver will hold a team scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (5:00 p.m.).