RENO, NV (KOLO) - Malik Reed has done it all in the silver and blue.
"I wouldn't trade this for anything. It's made me the man I am today. It's been amazing," he said.
And amazing it has been. When Malik stepped on campus in 2014 as a relatively small name, he knew he'd be a big contributor in the Biggest Little City.
"I felt it's where god wanted me to be and what brought me out here," he said.
The list of accomplishments go on and on: first-team all conference, team captain, team MVP, 5th in the Nevada record books for career sacks, and number one in the entire country in career forced fumbles among active players. But he knew his college career would eventually come to an end.
"Things moved kind of fast after the season ended," he said.
After the Wolf Pack's bowl win over Arkansas State Malik started the process of finding an agent.
"Once I got that figured out I went down to Phoenix, Arizona to train in January and February, Malik recalled.
The stud linebacker didn't get an invite to this year's NFL combine but that didn't stop him from showcasing his talent. He participated in the NFLPA Bowl and put up great numbers at Nevada's Pro Day.
"I just try to stay focused and stay locked in. Try not to think too much about the future and stay in the moment," he said of his thought process about all the unknowns.
He made a big enough impression to meet with the LA Rams, a team fresh off an appearance in the Super Bowl. So how high could he go? That all depends on fit.
"I see myself as an edge rusher. Outside linebacker," he said.
Malik spent just one season learning the position. But he's confident he can perform at a high level at the next level. And he's willing to do whatever it takes to be there.
Malik said "when a team gets me they're getting a guy who is ready to work, ready to contribute however that may be. I don't want to just make it to the NFL. I want to have a successful career and give them everything I got."
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