This is one player who I'm excited to see on Saturday, and in a big way.
He fills a need for the Dolphins at defensive end, and is a pass rusher. He went to Princeton so I'm sure it's safe to assume he's an intelligent kid, and based off of everything I've read in the past week, he has impressed many during the practices.
His name is Mike Catapano, and get used to hearing his name in the next few months leading up to the draft.
Catapano led the Ivy League in sacks with 12, which also ranked him at second in Division I-FCS with an average of 1.2 sacks per game. He also 41 tackles, with 15.5 of those tackles coming for a loss.
He ended the season by winning the Ivy League's Defensive Player of The Year award, and this week, the praise has continued to come in.
National Football Post's Russ Lande had this to say about Catapano's week of practice:
Quick off the ball, Catapano displayed strong and aggressive use of hands to jolt and defeat pass blocks with surprising ease. Able to consistently beat the offensive tackle around the corner and inside allowed him to regularly pressure the quarterback in every drill. Not only productive rushing the passer, his ability to defeat run blocks allowed him to make plays against the run at him and away. His strong week of practice has put Catapano in position to be a third round pick if he continues to perform well the rest of the spring.
Translation to Dolphins fans: while pass rusher is a need, they can probably wait until the third round to address it while using their first and second round picks to fill holes at guard, wide receiver and the secondary. This kid looks like he will be a steal.
Yes, I'm more impressed by Catapano's week at practice than I am his season, but from the sounds of it, it has been a very impressive week.