The New England Patriots selected their third linebacker of the 2020 NFL Draft when they used the 204th overall pick on Wyoming’s Cassh Maluia.
Maluia is 5-foot-11, 231 pounds and ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at his pro day last month. He posted a 33-inch vertical leap, 9-feet, 8-inch broad jump, 7.16-second three-cone drill and 4.4-second short shuttle. He was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
He had 61 tackles, seven tackles for loss, a half-sack and two interceptions in 2019. He finished his Wyoming career with 197 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, seven pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
Maluia played weak-side linebacker in the Wyoming defense. He was born in Compton, Calif., and played safety and quarterback at Paramount (Calif.) High School.
Maluia is the most traditional of the Patriots’ drafted linebackers.