DE JOSH MAURO, STANFORD

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6’6” – 281 lbs. – 4.90e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: Redshirt
2010: 7 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 PD
2011: 4 – 2.0 – 2.0, 1 PD
2012: 19 – 7.0 – 5.0, 1 FR

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2009, then played in a reserve capacity as a redshirt freshman in 2010, a role he reprised in 2011. Developed into a starter as a redshirt junior in 2012, manning the five-technique defensive end position in Stanford’s odd defensive front.

STRENGTHS:

•    Very tall, long-limbed defender with some further growth potential.
•    Has lined up at five-technique end and inside at defensive tackle.
•    Moves pretty well laterally, with more coordination than expected.
•    High-motor player who makes most of his plays on second effort.
•    Has an adequate spin move and demonstrates active hand use.
•    Reasonably effective interior rusher on obvious passing downs.
•    Generally able to hold his ground in the run game, decent anchor.
•    Typically one of the first defenders to get off the line of scrimmage.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Only a two-year starter whose production has never been incredible.
•    Will need to gain more weight in order to fit most 3-4 defensive fronts.
•    Probably doesn’t offer much value to teams with an even base defense.
•    Possesses only average athleticism, certainly not an explosive player.
•    Doesn’t do a great job of using power to drive defenders backwards.
•    More successful because of his effort than because of his initial move.
•    Better at playing downhill than he is at anchoring or two-gapping.

SUMMARY:

Physically, Mauro requires some projection, as he possesses considerable growth potential, but will need to add some additional weight in order to fit into an odd front in the pros, with little value for teams which rely on four-man defensive lines. With some additional work in an NFL strength program, he could develop into an effective rotational lineman capable of moving inside on passing downs and rushing from the defensive tackle position, something he does well at Stanford. Something of a project, but not a particularly risky one. RD 4-5

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