Malik Gant

S, Marshall

  • Conf Conference USA - East
  • Jersey #29
  • Class RS Junior
  • HT 6'2"
  • DOB --
  • WT 194 lbs



    Coverage - Can defend short zones effectively. Shows hesitancy with route awareness and will get twisted up in deeper zones. Capable of matching up with tight ends in man coverage and remaining in phase.

    Tackling - Aggressive, physical and secure tackler that brings considerable power on arrival. Illustrates consistently sound form and rarely comes up empty. Contact balance is excellent.

    Processing - Will get sucked in on play fakes and double moves. Must improve awareness to routes in his zone and do better to anticipate route concepts. Plays forward against the run and quick game well.

    Ball Skills - Has not been a consistent playmaker on the ball and it comes down to him being late to locate and adjust to it. When he’s in position he demonstrates the ability to disrupt.

    Range - Lacks the athletic ability and fluidity to cover a lot of ground. Ideally suited to defend deep halves or thirds. Takes good angles to the football in pursuit but overall range is limited.

    Physicality - An imposing defender that is a tone-setter for his defense. Knows how to use his hands and play through contact in pursuit. Outstanding tackler and attacks the football with urgency and intent.

    Play Speed - Has adequate speed but is not overly fast. Can get twisted up in coverage and allow separation. Quicker than fast. When his technique is right, Gant can run with most tight ends.

    Flexibility - Shows his best fluidity breaking forward. Some tightness in his transitions, especially when flipping his hips. Not overly loose.

    Versatility - More of a box safety that can line up with tight ends in man coverage. Don’t want him defending deep zones. Effective when blitzing and should be a quality special teams player.

    BEST TRAIT - Playing Forward

    WORST TRAIT - Route Anticipation

    RED FLAGS - None

    A two-year starter for Marshall, Gant declared for the NFL Draft after being named First-Team All-Conference and Team MVP honors. A physical safety that thrives playing forward, Gant is a tone-setter that is a heat-seeking missile attacking the football. While he isn’t a liability in pass defense, he does lack the route anticipation skills and athletic profile desired for the position. Gant should thrive in sub packages and special teams and he could be a starter if he develops his instincts in coverage.

    Round Grade - Mid Day Three