Both pieces of Wyoming’s veteran linebacking corps are now off the board.
Cassh Maluia on Saturday was taken by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the NFL Draft. The Patriots took Maluia with the 204th overall pick.
Maluia’s selection comes a day after Casper product Logan Wilson was drafted with the 65th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals. They’re the first UW linebackers to be drafted since the Dallas Cowboys took Mark Nzeocha in the seventh round in 2015.
A three-year starter for the Cowboys, Maluia finished his career with 197 tackles and 16.5 tackles for loss, including a career-high 74 tackles as a sophomore. The Compton, California, native had 61 tackles and two interceptions this past season on his way to all-Mountain West honorable mention honors.
Maluia is the third player the Patriots have drafted to possibly help in the second level of their defense. The 6-foot, 248-pounder helped himself by running the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds in front of scouts representing 23 NFL teams at UW’s Pro Day on March 10.
It’s the first time since 2017 that two UW players have been taken in the same draft. Running back Brian Hill and center Chase Roullier were both taken that year. Quarterback Josh Allen was drafted in 2018, and defensive back Marcus Epps was taken last year.
Follow UW athletics beat writer Davis Potter on Twitter at @DavisEPotter.
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