Lorenzo Mauldin draft profile
Lorenzo Mauldin- Outside Linebacker- Louisville
Size: 6’4 252lbs
2012 stats 22 tackles 4.5 sacks 6.5 TFL
2013 stats 40 tackles 9.5 sacks 12.0 TFL
2014 stats 45 tackles 7.0 sacks 10.5 TFL
- Tough and physical
- Good straight line speed
- Can play run and rush the passer
- Great swim move
- Good burst off snap
- High character- amazing mental makeup
Analysis: Mauldin is an outside linebacker who is a fierce pass rusher. I never saw Mauldin take a play off, he gives all out effort every play. Mauldin can immediately impact a defense as a pass rush specialist at the next level. Still learning the game of football, Lorenzo has already mastered his swim move, and is very quick off the snap of the ball. Scouts and anyone who has met Mauldin rave about his character, who overcame a very tough childhood with both parents in jail and in and out of foster care. Lorenzo Mauldin has fought and earned everything in his life. I am personally rooting for Mauldin to succeed at the next level, who can’t?
Need to improve:
- Plays too tall- standing up
- Lacks girth to bang on the line of scrimmage
- Coverage skills?
- Lacks hand use
Analysis: Mauldin can work into a three down role in the pros, but that will take time and development. Currently, he is just a pass rush specialist. Questionable in coverage, Mauldin started to answer those critics at the Senior Bowl, where he looked very capable in coverage drills. Seeing it during a game and on the football field will be the true detector of his skills. He stands up too high, and seems to struggle moving laterally to get to the ball. I will not doubt what this kid can do, incredible mental makeup.
Round prediction: 2-3
NFL Comparison: Demarcus Ware