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Scouting Profile: Lorenzo Mauldin, EDGE, Louisville


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Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska


Eli Harold, EDGE, Virginia 


Hau'oli Kikaha, EDGE, Washington


Alvin "Bud" Dupree, EDGE, Kentucky


 


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Mock Draftable chart (as an OLB): http://mockdraftable.com/player/4927/position/19/


 


Games watched: vs Virginia, vs Kentucky, vs Miami


 


The Good:


 


Plays a lot faster then he tests. 


 


Relentless trying to get to the quaterback. Fights through blocks any way he can. 


 


Posses a plethora of pass rushing moves. Very polished player. Swim move is devastating. JJ Watt-esque. 


  ex. [swim move 1] http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=AcidicTepidDamselfly


  ex. [swim move 2] http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=RealOfficialHarpyeagle


  ex. [swim move 3] http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=LegitimateFancyBudgie


  ex. [swim move 4] http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=ScientificGreenCod


 


Powerful, active hands. 


  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=PolitePolishedAfricangroundhornbill


 


Killer anticipation here. 


 ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=256390&gif=SkinnyEminentIndianspinyloach


 


Flexible around the edges.


 


Acceleration is top notch even if long speed isn't. 


 


The Bad:


 


Couple of bad judgement lapses here. 


  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=LegitimateShimmeringComet


  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253757&gif=SecondBigDwarfmongoose


 


Average athletic ability. He wins with brains, not brawn. 


 


Doesn't power through RBs like he should. Tries to dance around them in pass protection instead of plowing over them. 


 


Doesn't play in coverage. 


 


Pure edge rusher. Don't ask him to stay at home and play the run like is asked of Walden. It's not his game. He can hold an edge well and stay disciplined in his lane, but he doesn't really have the strength the blocker an make the sop consistently. 


 


Average first step. 


 


Conclusion:


 


I didn't know anything about Mauldin before today. But after watching him, I've moved him to my 2nd ranked edge rusher behind Beasley. Maudlin is a relentless technician that will flourish as an edge rusher in a 3-4 defense. I seem him ranked around the 2nd round, which is where I'll guess he goes, but I think he's a 1st round caliber player. 


 


Projected Round: 2nd


NFL Comparison: Chandler Jones, NE


 


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He has a motor that never stops (until its forced to). By that, I mean that in every single one of our games at Louisville, he has picked up a knock and gone out for a snap or a series or whatever. He is a terrific player and an even better person.

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Those swim moves had me like

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I'm curious to see if his pass rush moves are all consistent.  All those swim moves were against one team.  While Mauldin did impress me, I also came away with the conclusion that Virginia must not have very good tackles

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Those swim moves had me like

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I'm curious to see if his pass rush moves are all consistent. All those swim moves were against one team. While Mauldin did impress me, I also came away with the conclusion that Virginia must not have very good tackles

They are pretty consistent. He got to every quarterback he faced using his moves, even Jameis (although Jameis threw it away).

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I like him. The "bad judgement lapses" you mentioned were on a read option end around that looked like it was actually a triple option, and a well worked read option. I wont fault him too much for those.

 

Reminds me a bit of Bruce Irvin, minus a little of the athletic ability.  

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