Drew Boylhart   2/09

Aaron Maybin    LB   Penn St         

 

STRENGTHS

Aaron has the athletic talent to play his position.  He plays for his college team as a DE in a 4-3 offense.  He runs very well and can jump really high.  He has good speed going both backward and forward.  He doesn't commit a lot of penalties and when his coaches ask him to flip from one side of the field to the other, he seems to do it without hesitation.  This year, Aaron did an excellent job making tackles after someone else made the tackle first.  He also is particularly adept at getting a burst off the line of scrimmage, then stopping and looking into the backfield to see were the ball is. If you want a player who lacks the instincts to play his college position, then you want to draft Aaron.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Where should I begin?  This kid played as a DE in a 4-3 defense and was average at best.  Now everyone (because of his workouts) thinks he can change positions and be a better than average OLB in a 3-4 defense.  Aaron played with no passion, no improvement from last year and, in general, did not make impact plays consistently throughout the year.  However, he does jump high and run fast -- when he feels like it! 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND  7

Sometimes I feel like I am losing my mind.  This is a perfect example of an agent trying to market a player into the first three rounds of the draft when the truth is that Aaron does not play up to his athletic talents now.  He could be a situational pass rusher in the future and, if he changes his work ethic, might be a solid 3-4 OLB sometime in the future, but in my opinion, that's about it. That is good enough to be drafted by some teams I think in the later rounds, but not as a first day pick!   Aaron has problems changing direction, he lacks instincts and has no clue about situational football.  He is taken out on goal line stands, which tells me that even his coaches feel he lacks tackling ability and football strength!  So, let him workout and make everyone think how great this kid will be (because of his workouts).  The truth is that Aaron lacks the work ethic to become the player that he should be now.  This could change, but he would have to prove that to me at the next level first before I would take a chance and draft him.