Bills Nab Penn State DE Maybin w/ the 11th Pick

The Bills want to rush the QB more, and Saturday they filled that role with taking DE Aaron Maybin with the 11th overall pick. He has a great burst, had 49 tackles in 2008 and can get to the QB. The question will be will he be able to add the needed size to be able to stop the run.

He was a 1st-Team AP All-American selection in 2008 out of Penn State, and came out early after a big 08 season. The team needed an edge rusher, and it looks like they got that.

Here’s the deal on Maybin from Draft Countdown:


Excellent athleticism…Extremely quick and has a phenomenal first step…Explosive with a great burst…Smooth and fluid…Has a non-stop motor…Relentless in pursuit…Closes in a hurry…Agile with good balance and changes directions well…Can be a terror off the edge…Is comfortable in space…Has displayed some ability and promise in coverage…Real long arms…There is very little fat on his body and he has room to add more weight…Offers some positional versatility…A hard worker…Team leader…Nice production…Still has tons of upside.


Is severely undersized…Does not have great timed speed…A liability versus the run…Struggles mightily to get off blocks…Doesn’t play with much discipline…Marginal instincts and awareness…Will need to continue getting stronger…Still immature…Doesn’t have much playing experience..Only had one big year in college…Poor program pedigree.


Redshirted in 2006…Worked in a backup capacity in 2007…Enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2008 and emerged as one of the country’s premier pass rushers…Named 1st Team All-Big Ten and also led the conference in sacks in 2008…Was a consensus 1st Team All-American as a redshirt sophomore…Was demoted for a short time prior to the Rose Bowl because he was late for a meeting…Classic ‘tweener who is not big enough to play defensive end but might not be fast enough to play outside linebacker either…Playing weight in 2008 was reportedly right around 230 pounds…Packed on 20 pounds between the end of his season and the Scouting Combine but did not test nearly as well as expected…Other Nittany Lion defensive ends like Courtney Brown, Michael Haynes and Tamba Hali have not fared well in the pros…Best fit at the next level could come in a 3-4 scheme…Is basically just a one-dimensional speed rusher at this point…Probably came out too early and is simply not yet ready for the NFL…Has all the potential in the world but is still very raw…Project who will require some patience.

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