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Maliek Collins Sr. (born April 8, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Maliek Collins
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Collins in 2017
No. 96 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1995-04-08) April 8, 1995 (age 24)
Kansas City, Kansas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Center (Kansas City, Missouri)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2019
Total tackles:82
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:3
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Collins was born on April 8, 1995, in Kansas City, Kansas, to Janice Davis and C.W. Collins, a mechanic. He has two older sisters. His father C.W. died of a heart attack when Collins was 6 years old.[1]

Collins attended Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was an outstanding athlete in both American football and wrestling. As a junior, he had a 48-5 record in wrestling and advanced to the state quarterfinals. As a senior, he compiled a perfect 48-0 record in wrestling and won the state championship. As a senior defensive tackle he posted 102 tackles (43 for loss), 15 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.

He accepted a scholarship from the University of Nebraska to play college football.[2]

College careerEdit

As a freshman, he played in 12 games as a backup defensive lineman. The next year, he was named a starter at defensive tackle, leading the team in tackles for loss with 14, while finishing second on the team with 4.5 sacks and 13 quarterback pressures. He also had 45 tackles (17 solo).

In his junior season, he started 12 games at nose tackle, where he faced more double teams, registering 29 tackles (7 for loss), 2.5 sacks and 6 quarterback pressures.[3]

After his junior season, Collins decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[4] He finished his college career with 8 sacks, 19 quarterback pressures and 23 tackles for loss.

College statisticsEdit

NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Nebraska Cornhuskers
Season Tackling Interceptions Fumbles
Year Class GP Tkls Solo Asst Loss Sack Int Yds TD Lng PD FF FR Yds TD
2013 FR 6 12 6 6 1.5 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2014 SO 13 45 17 28 13.0 4.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 JR 13 29 14 15 7.0 2.5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
NCAA Total 32 86 37 49 21.5 8.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of college, Collins was projected by some analysts to be a second or third round selection.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
33 18 in
(0.84 m)
9 12 in
(0.24 m)
5.03 s 4.52 s 7.53 s 29 12 in
(0.75 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
25 reps
All values from the NFL Combine[6]

Collins was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (67th overall) of the 2016 NFL draft.[7]

On July 13, 2016, the Cowboys signed Collins to a four-year, $3.22 million contract with $887,545 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $881,152. He was the last remaining Cowboys player of the 2016 draft class to be signed.[8] He suffered a broken right foot during the first week of organized team activities, he was placed on the physically unable to perform list and missed most of the preseason.

Collins began his rookie season as the fourth defensive tackle on the depth chart behind the veterans Tyrone Crawford, Terrell McClain and Cedric Thornton.[9] Although he made his professional regular season debut in the Cowboy's season opening loss to the New York Giants, he did not record a statistic.

The improved play he showed in the second game of the season against the Washington Redskins, made the Cowboys decide in the fourth quarter to move Crawford to left defensive end and keep Collins as the full-time one-technique tackle, where he was playing out of position. He finished the game with three combined tackles and multiple quarterback hurries. The following week, Collins earned his first career start at defensive tackle and made two combined tackles in the Cowboys' 31-17 defeat over the Chicago Bears.

On November 9, 2016, Collins made his first career sack on Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler. He finished the 35-10 victory with three solo tackles and two sacks.[10] He started at the three-technique tackle position against the Bears, 49ers, Bengals and Packers.

During a Week 13 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Collins made two combined tackle and sacked Sam Bradford for his third of the season. On December 18, 2016, Collins made one solo tackle, and sacked Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston causing a forced fumble, the first of his career, helping the Dallas Cowboys win 26–20.[11] He finished second on the team with 5 sacks.

On September 17, 2017, in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Collins's teammate DeMarcus Lawrence forced a fumble off of quarterback Trevor Siemian. The fumble was recovered by Collins and helped set up the Cowboys on a touchdown-scoring drive in the 42–17 loss.[12]

On May 14, 2018, Collins underwent foot surgery to repair the fifth metatarsal fracture, and was ruled out until at least August.[13]


  1. ^ "Collins driven by force larger than himself", Fremont Tribune
  2. ^ "Former Center football standout Collins impressing at Nebraska"
  3. ^ "Collins driven by force larger than himself", Columbus Telegram
    - "Husker DT Maliek Collins reshapes physique, sets sights on putting up Suh-like stats"
  4. ^ "Nebraska DT Maliek Collins: NFL 'seems like best decision'"
    - "Maliek Collins declares for NFL draft; 'Thank you to all Husker fans'"
  5. ^ "PFF scouting report: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska", Pro Football Focus, April 1, 2016.
  6. ^ "Maliek Collins Draft Profile". March 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Cowboys believe third-rounder Maliek Collins fits scheme perfectly". ESPN. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "Cowboys sign third round pick DT Maliek Collins, officially lock up 2016 Draft class". NFL Trade Rumors. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart". Ourlads. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Maliek Collins Game-by-Game Stats". ESPN. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  11. ^ "NFL Player Profile: Maliek Collins". Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  12. ^ "Dallas Cowboys at Denver Broncos - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Maliek Collins has foot surgery". NFL. Retrieved May 14, 2018.

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