Michael Mauti: 5 Things You Need to Know About Penn State OLB

Gary DavenportNFL AnalystApril 26, 2013

Michael Mauti: 5 Things You Need to Know About Penn State OLB

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    Penn State University has cranked out any number of linebackers who have gone on to star in the National Football League, with Sean Lee of the Dallas Cowboys and NaVorro Bowman of the San Francisco 49ers the latest PSU alumni to make that leap.

    For a time it appeared that Michael Mauti was set to follow in their footsteps, but a trio of ACL tears and the child abuse scandal that rocked Penn State have combined to cast a pall over Mauti's collegiate career.

    Here's a look at some facts you should know about Michael Mauti as he tries to overcome these obstacles and become the latest NFL standout from "Linebacker U." 

Background

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    Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

    High School: Mandeville, Louisiana

    Major: Crime, Law, and Justice

    Year: Senior (fifth-year)

    Mauti was a highly-touted linebacker prospect after a senior season at Mandeville High School in which he tallied 124 tackles and four sacks en route to playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

    A four-star prospect and one of the top 20 linebackers in the nation according to Rivals.com, Mauti followed in the footsteps of his father, who was a wide receiver at Penn State in the 1970's before going on to a career in the NFL.

Statistics

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    After a limited role as a freshman, Michael Mauti appeared set to become a bigger part of the Penn State defense, only to see an ACL tear in summer practice wipe out his 2009 season and force a medical redshirt.

    After a fairly successful 2010 campaign a second ACL tear ended Mauti's 2011 season four games in, and lightning would strike a third time when late in his senior year Mauti once again blew out his knee against Indiana.

    Year

    Games

    Tackles

    TFL

    Sacks

    FF

    INT

    2008

    13

    26

    1

    0

    1

    0

    2010

    11

    67

    5.5

    2

    0

    0

    2011

    4

    21

    3

    0

    0

    1

    2012

    11

    96

    4

    2.5

    3

    3

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 243 pounds

    Arm Length: 32.5"

    Hand Size: 10.5"

     

    Combine Results

    Bench Press: 28 reps

     

    Pro Day Results

    Did not participate

     

    Mauti's knee injury prevented him from participating in drills at Penn State's pro day, and limited him to just the bench press at February's NFL Scouting Combine.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com

Interesting Facts

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    Michael Mauti may have been prevented from working out at the combine, but he took steps to insure that the NFL didn't forget about him.

    As Don Banks of Sports Illustrated reported, Mauti sent a hand-written note to all 32 teams.

    I just didn't want them to lose track of me. I tried to tell them how much the game meant to me, and let them know there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to play in the league. Really the proof is in the pudding with an injury like this. It's about how hard you rehab and how you respond to adversity, and I've proven I can do that. Look at the season I had last year after coming off my second ACL (in October 2011).

    Despite the fact that that 2012 season was cut short, Mauti was named first team All-Big Ten, and an ESPN All-American. Mauti was also the recipient of the Butkus-Fitzgerald Award winner as the Big Ten's top linebacker.

    In addition to his father, who was a special teams star for the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins after playing at Penn State, Mauti's brother Patrick also played football for the NIttany Lions.

Observations

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    Here's a look at some of the latest scouting buzz on Michael Mauti in the weeks leading up to the NFL draft.

     

    NFL.com: "Mauti is an extremely intuitive and instinctual player. He's far from a remarkable athlete, but he is coordinated in changing direction, and is fundamentally sound in taking on blocks and making tackles. Versatile enough to play multiple linebacker spots. Tough and physical, but his injury history is a major worry. His medical exams are going to be crucial to his draft stock."

     

    Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: "Mauti is a good, not great, athlete with adequate physical tools for the next level, but his best attributes are his natural awareness and decisive read/react skills. Based on his instincts and playing temperament, Mauti reminds scouts of former Lions Paul Posluszny and Sean Lee (both second round NFL Draft picks), but his durability will determine his NFL draft value."

     

    Russ Lande, National Football Post: "Overall, because of the injuries I do not expect Mauti will be drafted before the late rounds of the Draft, but if he proves he is able to stay healthy (Which is a long shot as most players who struggle with injuries in college usually struggle to stay healthy in the NFL) he has what it takes to be a high end starting linebacker in the NFL. He fits best as a middle linebacker in a 43 scheme, but could also effectively play inside linebacker in a 34 defense or an outside linebacker spot in a 43 scheme."