#4 – Maliek Collins, Defensive Tackle
With Cowboys defense end DeMarcus Lawrence stealing the show on defense against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, it was easy to miss the excellent game second-year defensive tackle Maliek Collins had.
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Drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Nebraska, Collins surprisingly finished his rookie season with the second-highest sack total on the Dallas’ defense with 5.0. After his performance against the Cardinals, the 22-year old is well on his way to eclipsing that amount.
Collins sacked Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer twice on Monday night, making his sack total 2.5 through his first three games of the young regular season. Maliek also had five tackles to boot.
The second-year pro is one of the brightest young stars at his position. And his ability to create pressure on opposing quarterbacks as a defensive tackle is paramount to the success of this Cowboys defense.
Maliek Collins is a future star in the making. And his stock is certainly on the rise.