Scouting report: Aaron Maybin

Aaron Maybin

6'4, 236 pounds | Penn State | Outside linebacker

Strengths:
Of all the defensive linemen in this year's draft, Maybin probably has the best first step. He anticipates the snap especially well. Gets up to top speed in a flash. While he's still raw, Maybin is beginning to develop some nice pass rush moves. Plays with a lot of energy. Never quits on a play and is always working hard. Will chase down the ball carrier all over the field. Known as a solid character individual.

Weaknesses: At this point in his development, Maybin is still a one-dimensional pass rusher. Reportedly, Maybin has put on at least 10 pounds since the end of the season, but you have to wonder how much of it is water weight. Penn State Joe Paterno criticized Maybin in the past for not being able to put on weight. A lack of strength allows offensive linemen to control him and drive him right out of a play. Needs to improve fundamental tackling skills. Will sometimes get overaggressive and outrun a play.

Final word: At this point in his career, Maybin is somewhat similar to DeMarcus Ware when he was coming out of Troy. He's an excellent pass rusher, but almost completely unproven against the run. The lanky Maybin has a frame that looks like it can hold 15 additional pounds, but can he add it? That may ultimately determine is draft placement. He'll likely begin his career as a backup or a pass rusher specialist.

Round projection: 1

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