Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford (HT: 6’5⅞” WT: 271 lbs)
NFL Comparison: Corey Wootton, DE, Minnesota Vikings
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- Plays with proper leverage despite being a taller defensive lineman.
- Disciplined. Maintains gap control and plays to his assignments.
- Fine snap anticipation and initial quickness. Frequently the first defensive lineman off the ball.
- Active hands, plays with them in the frame of blockers.
- Too quick for cutoff or scoop blocks, follows pulls very well.
- Creates backfield disruption through quick first step and ability to shoot gaps or slide off blockers quickly.
- Has some flexibility to side-step and bend around blockers and get into the backfield.
- Active pass-rusher who doesn’t get locked up and run out of ideas.
- Has a hit-or-miss spin move as an interior rusher, very good starting point.
- Does a better job of getting hands up to deflect passes than statistics indicate.
- Proven versatility, played meaningful snaps at multiple positions on the Stanford defensive line.
- More of an opportunistic player than a dominant aggressor up front.
- Too thin for interior line play and may not be a candidate for significant weight gain.
- Lacks sufficient strength in his hands to control blocks and quickly shed.
- Too often directs his momentum upwards instead of outwards.
- Will drop his head and lose eye contact with the football while engaged.
- Too easily knocked back on first contact by double-teams or combo blocks.
- Loses his base and gets pancaked every so often.
- Doesn’t have optimal bulk or strength from the lower body to anchor doubles and create congestion at the line of scrimmage.
- Struggles to keep combo blocks from reaching his linebackers.
- Too often loses his footing and ends up on his knees on first contact.
- Lacks functional strength to compress the pocket with power rushes.
- Mechanical and stiff mover, limits usage of finesse rush moves.
- Limited speed to chase down plays in pursuit.
- 3-star prospect in recruiting class of 2009, 61st-ranked defensive end according to Rivals.
- 2013 Pac-12 Honorable Mention.
- Played quarterback as well as defensive end in high school.
- 2014 East-West Shrine Game participant.
Josh Mauro was quite a productive player for the Stanford Cardinal, especially as a senior, in a defense with as much front seven talent as anyone.
He possesses a few traits that should get him drafted, but an identity crisis exists. Mauro is built like a 4-3 end, plays like a 4-3 under tackle, but almost has to be projected as a 3-4 defensive end.
Whichever team pulls the trigger will try to build around his initial quickness, but I see no obvious fit for base defenses—at least right away.
Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA
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