Malik Boyd enters his 11th season in the Cardinals scouting department and second as Assistant Director of Pro Scouting after he was promoted in May, 2014. Prior to that promotion, he worked as the team’s Western Regional Scout after being elevated in 2013. He originally joined the Cardinals in June, 2005 as an area scout and was first promoted to a regional scout with the in 2008.
He began his scouting career with Indianapolis in 2003 and spent two years with the Colts. In his current role with the Cardinals, Boyd evaluates current NFL players and top college prospects while also assisting in the advance scouting of future opponents and helping to coordinate free agent workouts.
In February, 2014 Boyd was named the NFC Scout of the Year by the Fritz Pollard Alliance in a ceremony at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, IN.
A Houston, TX native, Boyd attended Southern University where he played defensive back and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling/Psychology in 1994. He went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings (1994-95), the New Orleans Saints (1996) and was with British Columbia in the CFL (1997). Serving as a nickel back during his rookie season with the Vikings, Boyd led all non-starters with 42 tackles and an interception.
After his playing career was finished, Boyd served as the defensive backs coach at his alma mater Smiley High School in Houston, TX from 1999-2001. During that span Boyd worked as a scouting intern with the Vikings in 2001. He also worked in the private educational sector for IntraCare North Hospital where he was responsible for programs and interactive curriculum for high school students in drug therapy.
Boyd and his wife, Varinia, reside in Phoenix, AZ with their daughters, Makenzi and Madeline, and sons, Xavier, Joshua, Jacob, and Edward.