Aaron Maybin, the 6'4" 236 lbs. sophomore Penn State Defensive End, will be entering the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft. I do admit that I don't know much about this kid but from what I have read and seen, he has a sack machine.
The great news for us is that he should be around at the top of the 2nd round. We should seriously look at taking him with our #3 pick. You want upside? He's got it.
Here is a scouting report's write-up:
Aaron Maybin has wasted no time in becoming one of the most productive pass rushers in college football. Maybin was highly recruited out of high school in Maryland, and came to Penn State in 2006. After redshirting his first year on campus, Maybin played in every game of his redshirt freshman year. He recorded 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and broke up a pass in coverage, in 13 games last season. Maybin came out of high school weighing only 220 pounds, but has already added 16 pounds of muscle. He has the frame to add more bulk without losing any speed, which is something NFL scouts will be looking at. Maybin has outstanding speed for his size, and is much stronger than his size would suggest.
He does his best work coming off the edge and simply running by offensive tackles. Maybin isn't only a speed rusher though. He has excellent technique, and does a good job of using his hands to keep blocker from cutting his feet out from under him. Maybin is taking full advantage of his starting role this season, having tallied 39.5 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and even breaking up 2 passes in coverage. Maybin will be watched closely by NFL GMs because he's not only an excellent defensive end prospect, but his size and athleticism would make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker a fairly easy one. If Maybin declares and has a good combine, he could go as high as the second round.
As only a sophomore, Aaron Maybin was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, an honor bestowed upon the nation's defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club. His company is none other than James Laurinaitis (Ohio State) and Ray Maualuga (USC). He also received honors as a member of the All-Big Ten first team and All-American honors.
As always, action speaks louder than words so I have added a video to the Fan Shot section of Maybin doing his thing this past year. Blowing by left tackles. Racking up the sack count. Sweet.